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Waiting for Justice, The Scottsboro Boys Case Then
& The Central Park Five Case Now
Prof. Kwando Kinshasa, author The Scottsboro Boys in Their Own Words: Selected Letters, 1931-1950, and
Omowale Clay, activist with the December 12th Movement
The Scottsboro Boys in Their Own Words - the prison letters of nine African American youth facing the death penalty, and what they teach us and today's manifestation of Scottsboro the case of the Central Park Five. Nine African American s were indicted in Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931 falsely accused of rape. Though most of the defendants were barely literate and all of them were teenagers when incarcerated, over the course of almost two decades they learned the basic rudiments of effective letter writing and in doing so forcefully expressed a wide range of perspectives on their circumstances, the nature of the case, and falsity of the charges against them. Now Prof. Kwando Kinshasa author of The Scottsboro Boys in Their Own Words: Selected Letters, 1931-1950, his latest work in his trilogy on the case talks about their survival, courage, resistance and political growth, in their own words through their extraordinary letters, and those of their families and attorneys. Prof. Kinshasa is also joined by community activist Omowale Clay to discuss the contemporary parallel to Scottsboro, the case of the Central Park Five, both ensnared by a racist system, both still waiting for justice!
produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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