82-years after they were falsely convicted of raping two white women
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Since: May 12
#1 Apr 4, 2013
On the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. new legislation is set to be passed that would pardon the Scottsboro Boys - nine black teenagers falsely convicted of raping two white women in 1931.
The bill which was presented to the Alabama House today, passed 103-0 to applause from the chamber and Governor Robert Bentley has already said that he will approve the measure which passed through the state senate unanimously.
The youths, from Tennessee and Georgia, were accused of gang-raping the two women aboard a freight train in Alabama on March 25, 1931.
The Scottsboro Boys: From left to right, the accused are: Clarence Norris, Olen Montgomery, Andy Wright, Willie Roberson, Ozie Powell, Eugene Williams, Charlie Weems, Roy Wright, and Haywood Patterson
All but the youngest defendant were convicted by all-white juries in the town of Scottsboro and quickly sentenced to death - the false charges helped spur the modern civil rights movement.
Their subsequent legal journey to fight the convictions and win new trials sparked protests over racial injustice and two landmark rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. Their struggles also inspired a Broadway musical, books and television movies.
Though one of the women recanted her rape allegations, the convictions against five of the teens were ultimately upheld, and everyone in the group served at least several years in prison before being released.
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All but the youngest member of the group, whose ages ranged from 13 to 19, were sent to death row after false accusations from the women and convictions by all-white juries. All were eventually freed without executions.
The last of the men died in 1989.
The legislative resolution in Alabama to clear their names describes the Scottsboro Boys as 'victims of gross injustice.'
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#2 Apr 4, 2013
All that glory and fanfare just because they were black. Big fckn deal. As if there's never been a white person falsely accused of rape. When a nicca gets falsely accused they make movies and Broadway musicals about it. More proof that ultra-liberal Hollywood will never stop catering to and pampering you groids. How special.
Since: Jan 10
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#3 Apr 4, 2013
Every year more and more of these stories comes out. Bm accused of raping ww and later found to be innocent. In fact the majority of the people found innocent after being convicted is bm accused of raping ww.
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