Alabama 12-year-old’s lynching documentary acclaimed

Lily Hoyle, 12, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, before the screening of her documentary, "The Lynching That Brought Down the Klan in Alabama."
Lily Hoyle, 12, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, before the screening of her documentary, “The Lynching That Brought Down the Klan in Alabama.” (Contributed by John Hoyle)

Lily Hoyle is 12. She’s a sweet, smart little girl from Mobile, with blonde hair and braces.

She’s also the director, producer and star of a powerful documentary, “The Lynching That Brought Down the Klan in Alabama.”

The 10-minute video, researched and produced for National History Day, isn’t fluff. It takes on the most controversial of controversial subjects head-on. It has pictures of 19-year-old lynching victim Michael Donald on a morgue table with a noose around his neck, then lying in his coffin, his mother grieving at his funeral.

It shows Klansmen marching, and African Americans looking on with anger and disdain.

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