Under the threat of police violence, some African Americans are writing their own obituaries in protest

Newspapers write a number of obituaries in advance, because when heads of state or movie stars or Nobel laureates die, there’s no way to assemble what amounts to a substantive instant biography on a tight deadline. Ja’han Jones knows all that. The recent graduate of Arizona State University’s journalism school is the founder of Black Obituary Project, a web platform for African Americans to post their own obituaries as they’d imagine they might read, if they are killed in an encounter with police. He began the project by writing his own.

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