TWO YEARS LATER, WE ARE STILL TROY DAVIS
Please join us for a commemoration & book event Thursday, December 5 at the Chicago Temple
“Like Trayvon Martin’s monumental murder, the execution of Troy Davis was a historic awakening for this country — an awakening of the deadly consequences of white supremacy. Don’t miss this book!”
— DR. CORNEL WEST
Thursday, December 5th at 6:30pm
77 W Washington Street (across from Daley Plaza)
Chicago, IL 60602
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
CHICAGO–On September 21, 2011 Troy Anthony Davis was put to death by the State of Georgia.
Two years later, we are still Troy Davis.
The Davis family, author Jen Marlowe, and Haymarket Books invite you to join us for a book launch and commemoration of Troy’s legacy and reflection on the impact that his struggle has had on those of us still fighting for justice. Cosponsored by the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Project NIA, the Illinois Campaign to End the New Jim Crow, and Young Chicago Authors, the program will include:
Kimberly Davis, sister of Troy Davis
Jen Marlowe, author, I Am Troy Davis
Mariame Kaba, founding director, Project NIA
Malcolm London, BYP 100 & Young Chicago Authors teaching artist
Marlene Martin, Campaign to End the Death Penalty
*a representative of the BYP 100
*a special performance by Kevin Coval, artistic director for Young Chicago Authors
Participants will reflect on the legacy of Troy Davis and his sister Martina Davis-Correia, honor their memory by discussing next steps in the struggle for justice, and launch the new book I Am Troy Davis, co-authored by Jen Marlowe and Troy’s sister Martina Davis-Correia, with the participation of Troy himself.
Book signing to follow.
On SEPTEMBER 21, 2011, Troy Anthony Davis was put to death by the State of Georgia. Davis’s execution was protested by hundreds of thousands across the globe. 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’s 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 murder of a police officer; to Davis’s 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 hangs in the balance. It is also an inspiring testament to the unbreakable bond of family, to the resilience of love, and to how 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.
About the author:
JEN MARLOWE is 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.
Interviews and review copies of I Am Troy Davis available on request.
Media contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
If interested in background information about Troy Davis and his case, visit a site that we co-created in 2011 HERE. You can also read two of the blog posts that Mariame wrote about Troy here and here.