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The "Scottsboro Stories" blog reflects the writings, photographs, arrangements, opinions and musings of me, Garry L. Morgan, only. I do not represent the Scottsboro Boys Museum or the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation - the parent organization of the Scottsboro Boys Museum. I receive no profit from this endeavor. This blog is for educational purposes and that of open expression about racial and sexual discrimination, institutional and personal racism and the deadliest war of all time - "The Culture War."


SCOTTSBORO BOYS MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER OPENING STORIES

The Ledger: "Scottsboro, Ala., Museum Opens to Mark a Shameful Case " http://www.theledger.com/article/20100221/NEWS/2215011


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Kwanzaa, December 26th--January 1st

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/NguzoSaba.shtml
(Picture-The Official Kwanzaa Web Site)

"As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. Given the profound significance Kwanzaa has for African Americans and indeed, the world African community, it is imperative that an authoritative source and site be made available to give an accurate and expansive account of its origins, concepts, values, symbols and practice." Learn more about this holiday. http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml



Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Y'all

  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May God Bless each and every one of you in the upcoming year.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Travels To New York, "The Scottsboro Boys"

" Scottsboro Boys, Talk Back at the Lyceum." Ms. Sheila Washington-Director Scottsboro Boys Museum, Catherine Horton Garrett-Granddaughter of Judge Horton, Garry Morgan-Historian Scottsboro Boys Museum, Lecia Brooks-Curator Southern Poverty Law Center Museum along with the actors and local personalities discuss the case.
Catherine Schreiber, Producer-Catherine Schreiber Productions, upper left, many thanks to Ms. Schreiber for making this a most memorable event and for her support in the Scottsboro Boys Museum project.

Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010 Ms. Sheila Washington and myself traveled to New York City to see the Scottsboro Boys play and participate in the play "talk-back." Ms. Cathy Horton Garret, granddaughter of Judge Horton and Ms. Lecia Brooks, Curator of the Southern Poverty Law Center Museum joined us in New York. The Thursday night play was sold out, standing room only. At the plays end there was a standing ovation which lasted for several minutes.
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All of this was made possible by one of the producers of the Scottsboro Boys Show, Catherine Schreiber. The "show" brought us to New York for the Thursday evening "Talk-back Session" after the musical performance. http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/momsandthecity/2010/12/broadway.html Many thanks to Mrs. Schreiber for her work, a memorable experiance in which we have made new friends.
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We participated in a "talk back" after the play Thursday night, discussing the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center. Video's of the talk back...






























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The play closed Sunday Dec 12, 2010 at the Lyceum Theater. http://www.facebook.com/ScottsboroBoys
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Photo's before and after the event may be viewed at Catherine Schreiber's Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/album.php?aid=79839&id=1615233330 .
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The Lyceum Theater is New York's oldest theater, it has a Baroque design, opening in 1903 it is also the first to be a historic landmark . http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/lyceumtheater/history.php http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/MID111.htm
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There was earlier controversy and protest in New York concerning the minstrel portrayal of the case relating to such a serious matter. The Scottsboro Boys Museum staff reply then and now, "out of controversy comes the opportunity for education and further opportunity to address the issue of racism, part of our mission for the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0LUeDPeZcg&feature=player_embedded
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None of us, after seeing the play, believe this play is a negative portrayal of African American History. The play utilized dramatic license to emphasize a point in our history which was reflective of Jim Crow America and the struggles of African Americans in our nation. The minstrel show was a segment of early 20th century African American history.
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One of the most brilliant parts of the play and the plays last scene was the portrayal of Rosa Parks sitting on the front of the bus, being told to sit in the back, the bus driver says, "you can't sit here," her reply was, " I think I'll stay right here and rest my weary feet," the stage darkened and the show ended. A most brilliant ending to the show. Ms. Rosa Parks related in her biography, the "Scottsboro Boys" gave her the courage to take action.
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We have suggested to Mrs. Schreiber she should bring the show to the south, to include Scottsboro (maybe The Lyceum at Northeast College), Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, Atlanta, Chattanooga, etc. Their travel to Jackson County Alabama and the southern states is a very real possibility.
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Catherine, many thanks for this opportunity, we have made new friends and look forward to meeting once again.