W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio: The Official Scottsboro Boys Pardon & Exoneration Ceremony @ The Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center 4/19/2013
This is the historic Scottsboro Boys Pardon & Exoneration Ceremony that took place on 4/19/2013 in its entirety along with interviews I did with Bro. Clarence Norris Jr., the son of the last living Scottsboro Boy and the only one to be actually pardoned during his lifetime, Clarence Norris Sr. and Dr. Kwando M. Kinshasa a leading expert on the Scottsboro Boys and a friend of the late Clarence Norris, Sr....Also featuring the music of Lead Belly (The Scottsboro Boys), United Front, Brothas Keepa' & FreedomWriter PreciseScience...Share with your networks...Also featured in the ceremony are Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, State Rep. Laura Hall, State Sen. Arthur Orr, Tony Award winning producer Catherine Schreiber, Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center founder Shelia Washington and the music of Franklin McDaniel…One ♥!!!
This is the historic Scottsboro Boys Pardon & Exoneration Ceremony that took place on 4/19/2013 in its entirety…Featured in the ceremony are Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, State Rep. Laura Hall, State Sen. Arthur Orr, Tony Award winning producer Catherine Schreiber, Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center founder Shelia Washington and the music of Franklin McDaniel…One ♥!!!
On April 19, 2013, W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News was there to document ‘history on history’ as we recorded Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signing the official pardon and exoneration of the Scottsboro Boys also known as the Scottsboro 9…The event took place at the Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center which was the brainchild of the resilient visionary Shelia Washington who has been arguably the biggest advocate for the Scottsboro Boys and their exoneration since she was a teenager growing up in Scottsboro…This day was 82 years in the making…And make no mistake about it these were not men but they were boys…
Clarence Norris, Sr. was the only Scottsboro Boy pardoned during his lifetime…Although Norris receiving his pardon is indeed inspiring and triumphant If you read about the stories of how these boys were forced to become men early and brutally it will make even the most hardened skeptic shed at least a tear…For example, the boys were brutally beaten on a regular basis by sadistic prison guards and fellow prisoners…Ozie Powell was shot in a head by a police man which caused him permanent brain damage…On several occasions Haywood Patterson was stabbed multiple times by prisoners and was even marked for death by prison guards…Everything you can think of as it pertains to prison life that you have gotten from pop culture and mass media happened and even worse…Please check out the resources listed below to find out more…
"If I have to spend more than one or two years longer, I just as well spend the rest of my life. If I was an old man perhaps I wouldn't mind it so much but that's what's against me; I'm young and innocent of the crime…I was put in solitary confinement in January 1936 and got fresh air once out of the thirteen months and that was last Friday. Some may count it a year but I count it thirteen months."~Roy Wright at age 19, January 1937
Although I do agree with Gov. Robert Bentley that it is never too late to do the right thing I must say that this victory came at too high of a cost, really almost Pyrrhic…These boys were brutalized by the system of White Supremacy to the extreme degree…They were victimized beyond any ‘reasonable’ monetary compensation because they were robbed of their youth and hopes which are indeed priceless …With that said it is also sickening for me to know that these men who are now all dead won’t ever be compensated financially at all for their hardships let alone their surviving families and yet Alabama, Mississippi and other places with rich civil rights movement history stand to make or are making millions of dollars in tourism off these horror stories…That to me a blood money and blood relatives should have a share in it…