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Cordie Cheek (1916 – 15 December 1933) was the African-American victim of a race-hate murder.
Cheek lived in Fisk University-owned housing and was not a student there. There are many stories about the reason for his murder, but the most common are:
- Cheek was riding a bike and struck a little white girl
- Cheek raped a white woman and was freed because of lack of evidence
- Cheek failed to address a white youth his own age as "mister"
The story of the little girl was when Cheek was riding his bike and while passing a little girl on the bike they collided. The big brother of the little girl told her to tell everyone that Cheek assaulted her and to do that for a dollar. The little girl went on with the story. A mob of men were at the gates of Fisk and abducted Cheek. On December 15, he was lynched, some say he was hanging from a tree in Maury County, Tennessee.
John Hope Franklin protested against what happened to everyone, including the President of the United States.
- The Reflector article by Thomas J. Sellers
- personal page by tim wood's
- Introduction to African American Studies
- Oral History Interview wit John Hope Franklin, July 27 1990
- A Road from Rentiesville by Leon F. Litwack
- Live from NYPL