Cleveland Rights Readers Book Club at Mac’s Backs
Sunday | 6:30 PM–8:00 PM
Cleveland Rights Readers is a book club sponsored by Amnesty International that discusses fiction and non-fiction works related to human rights. On Sunday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. the group will discuss I Am Troy Davis (Haymarket 2013) by Jen Marlowe, Martina Davis-Correia and Troy Davis with a forward by Sister Helen Prejean. Co-author Jen Marlow will meet with the group via Skype.
On September 21, 2011 Troy Anthony Davis was put to death by the State of Georgia. Davis’ execution was protested by hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, and Pope Benedict XVI, President Jimmy Carter, and 51 members of Congress all appealed for clemency. How did one man capture the world’s imagination, and become the iconic face for the campaign to end the death penalty?
I Am Troy Davis, coauthored by Jen Marlowe and Davis’ sister Martina Davis-Correia, tells the intimate story of an ordinary man caught up in an inexorable tragedy. From his childhood in racially-charged Savannah; to the confused events that led to the 1989 shooting of a police officer; to Davis’ sudden arrest, conviction, and two-decade fight to prove his innocence; I Am Troy Davis takes us inside a broken legal system where life and death hang in the balance. It is also an inspiring testament to the unbreakable bond of family, to the resilience of love, and that even when you reach the end of justice, voices from across the world will rise together in chorus and proclaim, “I am Troy Davis,” I stand with you.
Jen Marlowe, a human rights activist, writer, and filmmaker, is the author of The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker and Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival.
Martina Davis-Correia was Amnesty USA’s co-Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator for Georgia. Martina was also a leading advocate for women with breast cancer. She was twice named Savannah’s “Unstoppable Woman.”
Troy Anthony Davis was executed on September 21, 2011 for the murder of a Savannah policeman, despite an international outcry due to his strong case of innocence. Troy worked tirelessly while on death row to prove his innocence and to abolish the death penalty. TIME magazine named Troy one of 2011’s most influential people
Sister Helen Prejean wrote the internationally acclaimed book Dead Man Walking. She educates about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing, and writing.