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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 21, 2011

Home Mortgage Discrimination Case - Racism in America


"Bank of America Corp's Countrywide Financial unit agreed on Wednesday to pay a record $335 million to settle civil charges that it discriminated against minority homebuyers." http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755576/ns/business-us_business/t/bofa-million-settlement-us-over-bias-case/from/toolbar
New York, NY July 2, 2008-- On the NAACP’s National Day of Action, State Senator [Kevin] Parker  joined the NAACP Brooklyn Branch and other elected officials on the city hall steps to fight against discriminatory mortgage lending. http://www.nysenate.gov/news/senator-parker-fights-against-mortgage-discrimination

Reuters via The "Globe & Mail"- The settlement covers conduct between 2004 and 2008 before the acquisition by Bank of America, and involves a range of alleged wrongdoing including charging African-Americans and Hispanics higher interest rates and fees than non-minorities.

Minorities also were steered to more expensive subprime loans even though they were qualified for traditional mortgage rates. Justice Department officials said it was the largest residential discrimination settlement in U.S. history.


“The victims had no idea they were being victimized. They were thrilled to have gotten a loan and realize the American dream,” Thomas Perez, head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, told reporters. “This is discrimination with a smile.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/b-of-a-to-pay-record-settlement-in-mortgage-discrimination-case/article2279306/

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH - OSIYO




About Native American Heritage Month

Links: http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/index.html  http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/about/

Information courtesy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the "First Americans" and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.
The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month") have been issued each year since 1994.

From the Smithsonian Institution: In honor of this year's National American Indian Heritage Month, Smithsonian.com explores the tragic history of the Cherokees' struggles with Andrew Jackson, takes a look at modern Native artists and investigates how to cook Native foods.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/american-indian-heritage.html#ixzz1YmfsGslg



My earliest childhood memories bring me to a time,
a time of drama called "Unto these Hills."

My mother was from the hills of North Carolina,
 and the outdoor drama was amongst her favorite sites to see.

In my youth, the many visits unto the hills made an impression on me.

Not that I intended on a rhyme,
 but my thoughts traveled back in time.

Where for the here and now,
I wish to convey a message of a people who may read these lines, 
a message of the Cherokee.




 
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Presidential Proclamation -- National Native American Heritage Month, 2011

NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2011

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

From the Aleutian Islands to the Florida Everglades, American Indians and Alaska Natives have contributed immensely to our country's heritage. During National Native American Heritage Month, we commemorate their enduring achievements and reaffirm the vital role American Indians and Alaska Natives play in enriching the character of our Nation.

Native Americans stand among America's most distinguished authors, artists, scientists, and political leaders, and in their accomplishments, they have profoundly strengthened the legacy we will leave our children. So, too, have American Indians and Alaska Natives bravely fought to protect this legacy as members of our Armed Forces. As service members, they have shown exceptional valor and heroism on battlefields from the American Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan. Native Americans have demonstrated time and again their commitment to advancing our common goals, and we honor their resolve in the face of years of marginalization and broken promises. My Administration recognizes the painful chapters in our shared history, and we are fully committed to moving forward with American Indians and Alaska Natives to build a better future together.

To strengthen our economy and win the future for our children, my Administration is addressing problems that have burdened Native American communities for too long. We are working to bolster economic development, expand access to affordable health care, broaden post-secondary educational opportunities, and ensure public safety and tribal justice. In June, I signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council, to strengthen Federal engagement with tribal governments and promote economic prosperity in Indian Country and across rural America. This comes in conjunction with several settlements that will put more land into the hands of tribes and deliver long-awaited trust reform to Indian Country.

To bring jobs and sustainable growth to tribal nations, my Administration is connecting tribal economies to the broader economy through transportation infrastructure and high-speed Internet, as well as by focusing on clean energy development on tribal lands. First Lady Michelle Obama's recently launched Let's Move! in Indian Country initiative will also redouble efforts to encourage healthy living for American Indians and Alaska Natives. These actions reflect my Administration's ongoing commitment to progress for Native Americans, which was reaffirmed last year when we announced our support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Through a comprehensive strategy where the Federal Government and tribal nations move forward as equal partners, we can bring real and lasting change to Indian Country.

This month, we celebrate the rich heritage and myriad contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives, and we rededicate ourselves to supporting tribal sovereignty, tribal self-determination, and prosperity for all Native Americans. We will seek to strengthen our nation-to-nation relationship by ensuring tribal nations have a voice in shaping national policies impacting tribal communities. We will continue this dialogue at the White House Tribal Nations Conference held in Washington, D.C. next month. As we confront the challenges currently facing our tribal communities and work to ensure American Indians and Alaska Natives have meaningful opportunities to pursue their dreams, we are forging a brighter future for the First Americans and all Americans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2011 as National Native American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 25, 2011, as Native American Heritage Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Blood Feud," who are the Cherokee Freedmen?"

The Cherokee Freedman Debate
"Early in the 1800s, some Cherokees acquired slaves, and in the 1830s, enslaved African Americans accompanied the Cherokees when the federal government forced them to move to Indian Territory (Oklahoma), where the tribe struggled to rebuild its culture and institutions. By 1861, there were 4,000 black slaves living among the Cherokees."

"After the Civil War, the tribe signed a treaty that granted former slaves, or freedmen, “all the rights of Native Cherokees.” But in 2007, Cherokees amended their tribal constitution, making “Indian blood” a requirement for citizenship. As a result, some 2,800 descendants of Cherokee freedmen were excluded from membership. " http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/indivisible/cherokee_freedmen.html (The Smithsonian - National Museum of the American Indian)

Family Stories : "Extraordinary lifeways persist; the stories must be heard. At the heart of each story survives the basic human desire for being and belonging. Out of many nations, African-Native American people are indivisible." http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/indivisible/portraits.html


Blood Feud
These are boom times for the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma. But bad times for thousands of black Indians battling for tribal citizenship. Now the Freedmen are turning to genetic science for help. http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.09/seminoles.html


Will the Cherokee Freedmen Gain Tribal Rights?
Exceprt from "The Root" http://www.theroot.com/views/will-cherokee-freedman-finally-gain-tribal-rights?wpisrc=root_lightbox

"Since 2007 I have written a number of articles advocating for freedmen's rights. The first was so pointed that Smith publicly blamed the column for shaping black opinion on the subject."

"My maternal grandmother was enrolled as a Cherokee Freedmen in 1901, and since I was a little boy I have listened to relatives from that side of the family talk about life among the tribe. Smith tried to obliterate that history, and the tribal connection of other freedmen descendants, by declaring in 2007 that blood Cherokee don't even know who we are."

Sunday, October 9, 2011

October - National Disability Employment Awareness Month

"In October, Americans observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month by paying tribute to the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities whose work helps keep the nation's economy strong and by reaffirming their commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens."

"This effort to educate the public about the issues related to disability and employment began in 1945, when Congress enacted Public Law 176, declaring the first week of October each year as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. Some 25 years later, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month."

Library of congress link: http://www.loc.gov/disabilityawareness/



"The official theme for October's 2011 National Disability Employment Awareness Month announced by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy is "Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities." The theme honors the contributions of workers with disabilities and serves to inform the public that they represent a highly skilled talent pool that can help employers compete in today's global economy. "Return on investment means hiring the right talent," said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. "Workers with disabilities represent all skill sets and are ready to get the job done. This year's theme focuses on improving employment opportunities that lead to good jobs and a secure economic future for people with disabilities and the nation as a whole."
Quoted from http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/odep/ODEP20110609.htm

Americans With Disabilities Act homepage: http://www.ada.gov/
Current Text of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325). The ADA prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. It also mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Civil Rights Leader, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth Dies

A Civil Rights icon passes on to heavenly place.
(Library of Congress photo at left) Rev. Abernathy, Rev. King and Rev. Shuttlesworth lead a march for voters registration in Selma, Alabama.



The Birmingham News Special Report, "Unseen Unforgotten"  http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/10/fred_shuttlesworth_obituary.html
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/09/rev_fred_shuttlesworth_and_fam.html

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/05/us/obit-rev-fred-shuttlesworth/#
CNN- "The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who helped lead the civil rights movement, has died, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute said Wednesday. He was 89."

"Shuttlesworth is among the iconic figures honored in the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. King once called Shuttlesworth "the most courageous civil rights fighter in the South.""

"Shuttlesworth's efforts weren't without a price: his home was bombed on Christmas Day in 1956, but he and his family were not injured.He was, however, hurt in 1957 when he was beaten with chains and whips as he sought to integrate an all-white public school..."

Commemorative statue of Rev. Shuttlesworth located in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

(wikipedia) "Fred Shuttlesworth (born Freddie Lee Robinson on March 18, 1922 - October 5, 2011) was a civil rights activist who led the fight against segregation and other forms of racism as a minister in Birmingham, Alabama. He was a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was instrumental in the 1963 Birmingham Campaign, and continued to work against racism and for alleviation of the problems of the homeless in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he took up a pastorate in 1961. He returned to Birmingham after his retirement in 2007."

"Rev. Shuttlesworth was portrayed by Roger Robinson in the television miniseries King. The Birmingham Airport is named after him."



Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Biography http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/biography.asp?bioindex=1281&category=Civicmakers

"The Root 100 2011: Influencers and Iconoclasts"

CULTURAL INFLUENCES

"The Root" magazine's list of the most influential African Americans between the ages of 25 and 45. This year the list includes Kasim Reed , BeyoncĂ© , Michelle Alexander , Steven Horsford , Kanye West , David Adjaye , Tyra Banks ,Van Jones ,  and  TourĂ© . Who are these people?  They are part of The Root 100 .

Magazine article quote: "This is the third year that The Root 100 has compiled a list of the most influential African Americans between the ages of 25 and 45, but the first time we have actually ranked them. Each year we have refined our methodology to make sure we find the people who are making their mark and making a difference in our community."

The Root 100 list for 2011  "The Root's" home page link: http://www.theroot.com/

Part of "The Root's:" Trending Topics: American Dream Movement  The Root on Facebook

Who is #1 on The Root list?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Republican Party Attacking Voting Rights, A Continuation of the Southern Strategy by Weakening Voting Rights of Minorities.

http://www.usm.edu/crdp/html/cd/vra65.htm

Republicans will do whatever it takes to win, including rewriting election laws so the neu GOP will win. "Looking to capitalize on their historic gains last year, Republican lawmakers in several states are rewriting their election laws in ways that could make it more difficult for Democrats to win." http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2011/09/16/WP-GOP-Rewrites-state-election-law.aspx#page1

"A partisan political advantage in elections...changing the rules of the game in a dramatic way...changing the meaning of the vote..." Rachel Maddow and Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry, asks viewers to consider what’s going on in Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and other states in this NBC video from the Rachel Maddow Show.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

You Tube exposes, attacks on voting rights, child labor laws and disenfranchisement of minorities and the poor.




Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Tea Party Event and a Frederick Douglas Republican

Mr. K. Carl Smith, a U.S Army Veteran,  an Alabama A&M University graduate and a Frederick Douglas Republican.

I attended the Jackson County Tea Party event at the Jackson County Park. There were 85 people at peak attendance. Music, speakers and politicians appeared and spoke. Food and Blue Grass Music were available to excite the gastronomical senses and please the ears. A full report on the event with many photos may be found at Watch for Snakes n' Scottsboro http://arklite.blogspot.com

Mr. K. Carl Smith is a FDR Republican. Not the FDR of the Great Depression and President at the beginning of World War 2, this FDR stands for a Frederick Douglas Republican. Mr. Smith brought a sphere of unity where unity had been lacking. He spoke of the 4 Frederick Douglas values 1) Respect for the Constitution, 2) Respect for Life, 3) Limited Government, 4) Personal Responsibility.

"Who are the Frederick Douglas Republicans," he asked? "We are people who are not afraid to stand up for our beliefs and convictions. We are every day citizens who will fight for liberty and justice and are not satisfied with the status quo. This movement is not about the color of our skin, this is about values."

In his book Mr. Smith goes on to say, "Frederick Douglas Republicans are not bound by race, color, creed or religion. We come together as a united front..."
Who are Fredrick Douglas Republicans?


Mr. K. Carl Smith has the "right stuff," and he is a person which could motivate the people of U.S. Congressional District #5 to vote for him. I thought he was a down to earth motivational speaker and well grounded in his values. He has an innovative approach and is well versed in the "Art of Engagement." He is the "Conservative Messenger." http://conservativemessenger.org/  Mr. Smith has the capability to foster unity and demonstrates positive leadership.


The question and challenge, will the Jackson County Tea Party distance itself from the Republican extremist "Southern Strategy," a hidden policy of racial discrimination expressed in advertisements and secessionist 10th Amendment rhetoric and political policy?    http://scottsborostories.blogspot.com/2010/09/republicans-southern-strategy-racism.html  

As Mr.Smith pointed out the Democrats of the 19th and 20th century practiced a racial discriminatory and exclusionary policy, so did the Republicans. No doubt times have changed, members of the "White Rooster" conservatives remaining have migrated to the Republican Party and make up a base of the right wing extreme. There are Democrats which do not subscribe to extremist, exclusionary politics. The terms conservative and liberal are frequently confused and utilized as a divisional tactic of both political parties. We desperately need unity, will the Tea Party subscribe to American Unity or support exclusively Republican Party political strategy?

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Saga Continues - "The Red Herring"


The "Red Herring" Counter Suit filed on August 2, 2011 in case #2011-0024. (Fair Use "Red Herring," for educational purposes - explaining a Red Herring. No red herrings were damaged or smoked in this display.)

The latest in the continuing saga of Case # 2011-0024, from Scottsboro's The Daily Sentinel http://thedailysentinel.com/news/article_ebb8f944-da65-11e0-8536-001cc4c002e0.html

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hispanic Heritage Month and The Story of an American Hero, Tango-Mike-Mike

Hispanic American Heritage Month for 2011: Sept. 15 - Oct. 15. This years poster from DEOMI, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.


A story about a brave soldier, MSG Raul "Roy" Benavidez, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. I had the privilege of meeting MSG Benavidez at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas after his award. His story  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Benavidez



Profile of U.S. Ambassador Miguel Diaz, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (Vatican), talks about being a Cuban American and the meaning of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Remembering 9-11-2001 in Pictures and Video

         THE TWIN TOWERS PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 11, 2001     (selected photographs from "The Day That Changed America" by AMI)

At 8:45AM Eastern Time on September 11, 2001 an attack began on our homeland, an event that changed America, our culture and how many citizens view peoples of Middle Eastern descent. The terrorist attack on that memorable day 10 years ago changed our nation forever, it did not change what our nation represents, Liberty, Freedom and justice in the Republic . The terrorist will never defeat our people's spirit nor the meaning of our Constitution.
The 9/11 Memorial Website: http://www.911-remember.com/
September 11 News Archive: http://www.september11news.com/
                        We shall never forget
                        We shall keep this day,
                        We shall keep the events and the tears
                        In our minds, our memory and our hearts
                        and take them with us as we carry on.

                        (from the The 9/11 Memorial Website)









CNN Memorial site: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/memorial/
GOD BLESS AMERICA

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hispanic American Heritage Month-2011

"MANY BACKGROUNDS, MANY STORIES...ONE AMERICAN SPIRIT"

Looking Latino


Hispanic American Heritage Month for 2011: Sept. 15 - Oct. 15.

"In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, which was observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded in 1988 by Congress to a month long celebration (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15), effective the following year. America celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean."

"Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively."

Population - 50.5 million, the Hispanic population of the United States as of April 1, 2010, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constituted 16.3 percent of the nation's total population. In addition, there are 3.7 million residents of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.

 43% - Percentage increase in the Hispanic population between April 1, 2000, and April 1, 2010, making Hispanics the fastest-growing minority group. (population statistics, U.S. Census - http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb11-ff18.html  )

Hispanic Heritage Awards, Hispanic Heritage Foundation http://www.hispanicheritage.org/hispanic.php




Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Saga Continues - Defense Attorney Files False Affidavit

Joyce Chapel, home of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center, managed by the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation. (photo by Garry Morgan)

Last week the disbarred attorney, Cheryl Snodgrass Caffey, Board Member of the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation was elected to represent the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation in legal actions.

Ms. Caffey and the Foundation Board  attempts to claim my blog violates intellectual property law,  allegations which she and the Foundation falsely asserts and cannot support. This blog was created by me, is copyrighted by me and contains my work, not her work nor the work of the Foundation Board members. There is no contract nor any agreement which was made between me or any Foundation representative to use, give, barter or sell any portion of this blog to the Scottsboro Boys Museum or its managing organization, the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation.  The Scottsboro Boys Museum or its managing organization the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation has no copyright to any image or any writing I utilize on my blog.

This blog serves as a service to the community in the reporting of Race Relations events in the community and nation as I see them. This blog was created by me prior to the Scottsboro Boys Museum founding. I have never received any money as a result of this blog. I spent hundreds of dollars of my own personal funds in insuring the Scottsboro Boys Museum was successful. I gave and loaned many items to the museum, the items loaned to the museum have not been returned although I requested their return in writing.

Previously I had a donate button on this blog which served to facilitate donations to the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation/Scottsboro Boys Museum. When the donate button was clicked the viewer was taken to the Scottsboro Multicultural website donation page which connected to PayPal where donations could be made.

After receiving the financial documents of the foundation, ordered produced by the court, it was discovered that mismanagement and misappropriation was evident. I removed the donate button from this blog. Ms. Caffey in her affidavit in the counter-suit makes false allegations in reference to the PayPal information and money transfers. I received the complete PayPal transfer records with bank statements during the discovery process. I had no control over any financial deposits, movements of funds, the drawing of money by any finacial instrument of the foundation. I provided an in depth explanation at a meeting for the express purpose of a deposition between Ms. Washington, with the Foundation attorney, Mr. Finis Royal, myself and my attorney, Parker Edmiston, a full accounting of the Paypal accounts and the their reconciliation with the bank records were provided. All money in reference to the PayPal account was accounted, the records and the PayPal accounting was given to Ms. Washington and the Foundation attorney, Mr. Finis Royal. Now comes Ms. Caffey and makes false/untruthfull statements in her affidavit in the counter-suit in reference to the PayPal accounts. The foundations counter-suit is filled with untruthfull allegations.

The attorney's false allegation in the counter-suit is tacked onto my case to compel the disclosure of Foundation records in Case # 2011-0024, Jackson County Circuit Court. The counter-suit filing is reported in Scottsboro's Daily Sentinel, link: http://thedailysentinel.com/news/article_9c477616-be17-11e0-b44b-001cc4c002e0.html Here's the kicker, the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation is still in violation of the Judges order to provide records, not all records requested have been provided. This case was about one purpose, production of the records of the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation I had been requesting and not provided, now over one year.

The allegations in the counter-suit are false, malicious and defamatory; they attempt to distort the original purpose of the case and additionally assassinates the character of those individuals who strived to insure the accountability of private and public funds utilized by the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation. This case, #2011-0024 concerned RECORDS DISCLOSURE and the accountability of the foundation officers.

A bit of deja vu, Ms. Washington, Ms Caffey, and Mr. Royal, I think they lost that case.  How far will attorneys stretch the ethics laws in the state of Alabama for unethical practice?  Ms. Caffey's false allegations in an affidavit before the court seems, unlawful and minimally unethical. Ms. Caffey's appearance before the court as a de facto legal representative seems a bit wrongful since the Alabama Rules of Legal Ethics state, disbarred attorneys are limited in their associations, a "disbarred or suspended attorney shall not attend any court proceeding,"  on May 25th Ms. Caffey appeared before the bench in this case to present argument, short as it may have been, is a disbarred attorney allowed to participate in a case before the court or appear in court as a representative of a defendant in which the disbarred attorney has an association?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Alabama's Immigration Law Is Bad for Citizens

"Stop children, the fascist are waiting at the Alabama border! Your papers please." Republican Alabama Governor "States Rights" Bentley discriminates against American children born of parents in nation illegally. "Make the children suffer," the new Republican mantra.

Link:  Why Alabama's Immigration Bill Is Bad for Citizens - The Atlantic "The state is trying to embed immigration enforcement into everyday life, thereby making government even more omnipresent." 

"Alabama Immigration Law Will Be Costly - Alabama, the lawyers want to say, "thanks."
Read more from this Tulsa World article at  http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/article.aspx?subjectid=61&articleid=20110613_11_A11_Alabam253902


Read more, the Anniston Star, Editorial Board - "Breaking our mean code: Alabama state government punishes working people."
 http://annistonstar.com/view/full_story/14215441/article-Breaking-our-mean-code--Alabama-state-government-punishes-working-people?instance=opinion_lead

New Focus of Blog

There will be a new focus on this blog. The new focus will center on our multicultural society, race relations in our nation, the culture war and how these issues relate to Scottsboro, Alabama.

I will cover issues about the Scottsboro Boys Museum and their parent organization, the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation when applicable. The museum and the foundation projects are very important to our nation and community. However, the museum and foundation can not continue to exist successfully without a change in current management. This statement is made due to the demonstrated history of the officers of the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation witnessed by several others and myself. It is based on my knowledge of sound leadership principles, management and accounting principles accepted and expected under laws governing charitable organizations, their management and sensible management standards expected of any successful organization.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Photo Coverage: SCOTTSBORO BOYS Protesters Crash the Tonys

Photo of the Scottsboro Boys poster at the Lyceum, courtesy of L. Hodges.

BroadwayWorld.com link:  Photo Coverage: SCOTTSBORO BOYS Protesters Crash the Tonys

TonyAwards.com: http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/nominees/shows/2dfdd184-4ef1-45df-8c80-cff1bc9adb51.html 
Winners:  http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/index.html   

Black Star News: "Offensive Scottsboro Boys Should Fail At TONY- Competition is tough this week, thankfully, so “Scottsboro Boys” has little hope of winning any honors. “Scottsboro” does not stand a chance against “Sister Act,” also nominated for musical." http://blackstarnews.com/news/135/ARTICLE/7432/2011-06-09.html

Official Site of the Scottsboro Boys Musical,  Creative Team: http://scottsboromusical.com/creative.html
History, from the Scottsboro Boys Musical site: http://scottsboromusical.com/history.html

History of the Minstrel Show: http://black-face.com/minstrel-shows.htm  Black-face performers are, "...the filthy scum of white society, who have stolen from us a complexion denied them by nature, in which to make money, and pander to the corrupt taste of their white fellow citizens." -- Frederick Douglass

"Black-face is more than just burnt cork applied as makeup. It is a style of entertainment based on racist Black stereotypes that began in minstrel shows and continues to this day." A History: http://black-face.com/index.htm

"From controversy comes education for those willing to learn." GLM

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Saga Continues, Case Concerning Management Practice and Accountability of Funds at the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation.

(photo by G. Morgan)

Story updated: June 10, 2011

A continuing saga, the case, 2011-00024 in the Jackson County Circuit Court, Garry Morgan vs Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation, managing organization of the Scottsboro Boys Museum. Latest article in Scottsboro's Daily Sentinel:  http://thedailysentinel.com/news/article_61396572-9219-11e0-abab-001cc4c03286.html

This case is about accountability, the proper management of public and private funds and the disclosure of financial and business records of the foundation and the relationship of its President and Scottsboro Boys Museum Director, Curator and check signer Ms. Sheila Washington to the foundation. As of this writing, all the requested records have not been provided. The question arises, has there been a misappropriation and mismanagement of public and private funds? Answer-YES.

Meanwhile, some members of the Board of Directors concocted a scheme to remove myself and the one other person on the board who were demanding accountability of the foundation board and Ms. Washington. Unfortunately the purpose of the Board of Directors of the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation, managing body of the Scottsboro Boys Museum, has become confused and reversed; instead of insuring the accountability of museum officials, the board is controlled by the Founder, Museum Director, Curator, Foundation President and check signer, Ms. Sheila Washington. This is a serious conflict of interest and poor management practice.

4 board members have resigned within the past year due to accountability issues and violations of the bylaws, good business practice and the laws relating to the management of non-profit foundations.

Early in 2010 Ms. Washington claimed a conflict of interest on the part of a former Board Member who was serving as Treasurer and also served as Vice President of the Foundation, there was no conflict but Ms. Washington insisted that he resign his position as Treasurer. The former treasurer did step down as treasurer, the current treasurer RESIGNED - yes I said resigned,  he resigned in August 2010 as  a result of my records request and written requests toward issues of accountability, but still serves as treasurer at the behest of Ms. Washington. His resignation was confirmed in December 2010 when the secretary showed the resignation document. The former treasurer was honest and beyond reproach and could not be controlled by Ms. Washington, not so of the current (resigned) treasurer who follows Ms. Washington's every order, to include the order to co-sign every check along with her without the approval of the Board of Directors, foundation checks require 2 signatures.

The current (resigned) treasurer has made several derogatory racial remarks concerning white board members, these comments were made in emails sent to board members. The (resigned) treasurer attempted to remove white board members from the board of directors in a scheme brought forward in the form of a motion, a scheme which I strongly objected while i was still on the Board of Directors.

Members of the current Board of Directors have attempted to cover-up the fact of the resignation of the current (resigned) treasurer. When the issue of the resignation was brought forward at a board meeting along with the issue of financial accountability and the disclosure of records, I was threatened and told by Ms. Washington at a board meeting, "I will get rid of you."

Checks were written to Ms. Washington directly without board approval, in 2010 amounting to $1360.00,  records reflect this fact. Many blank checks were written in amounts between $20 to $70 in 2010 and 2011.  Blank, as the pay to line is blank, the bank cleared the checks.  Purchases for goods and services were made at stores which were not approved by the Board of Directors, receipts were not  provided for the transactions, nor have they been provided now, although the Court has ordered documents and records be provided without interference. There are numerous checks cashed at Walmart and other local businesses for goods purchased, no board approval, no receipts provided, amount since June 2010 till Dec 31 2010- $2278.75, goods purchased by the Director/Curator, Foundation President/check writer Ms. Sheila Washington with no authorization for purchase from the museum board of directors and no receipts provided; apparently the goods purchased were in part or whole for the personal use of Ms. Washington.

Inappropriate expenditure of funds for personal use (Federal Standards) extended to Ms. Washington and sons recent trip to New York for attendance at a show honoring Susan Stroman,  Choreographer/Director of the "Scottsboro Boys Musical." Personal items were purchased such as makeup, clothing, stereo headphones and trips to the Ripley's Museum, including a ride on the New York Sky-ride from funds donated for the explicit purpose of travel to promote the Scottsboro Boys Museum mission. Ms Washington's son was allowed travel as he was to be hired as a photographer. There were no contracts for service or appropriate IRS forms issued for Ms. Washington's son expenditures. There were no prior approvals from the board for specific purchases or fund expenditure limits for the New York trip. Ms. Washington withdrew $4500.00, from a $5000 donation from the bank. Records provided demonstrate $4000.00 was expended to include personal use items previously described. There is a question of approximately $500.00 missing from the $4500.00 withdrawal. I raised the question concerning the proper contract and IRS documentation for Ms. Washington's son, it was shot down by the disbarred attorney stating,  "it was not necessary at this time, our accountant will handle this situation come tax time." There has been no required receipt provided to the donor of the funds donated to the foundation. Documentation of receipt to the donor has not been provided to me concerning this donation as required by court order. There is another $1300 donation by the same donor in December 2010 of last year which there is no accountability of the donation nor receipts for disbursement of the money.

 It appears the total amount of the misappropriation is between $3000.00 and $4000.00, it may be more or less than $3500.00, without receipts it is difficult to determine items purchased, dates and accountability for the items purchased.
 
There are no membership/donation lists with receipts issued to contributors/donors, no dates of donations, check numbers etc., a complete failure of accountability.

The failure of the foundation's management to provide records as ordered by the court is a contemptuous action, the court has been requested to find the involved parties in contempt. A scheme was concocted by members of the Board of Directors to violate the Court Order and to cover up wrong doing by Ms. Washington, Ms. Caffey ( a disbarred attorney) and others on the Board of Directors, the scheme consisted of several parts. 1) Removal of organizational membership by changing the bylaws and articles of incorporation (In the former bylaws membership had irrevocable rights, the disbarred attorney and Ms. Washington concocted the scheme to prevent accountability, probably thinking removing membership would prevent the board of director members removed from having rights of inspection of the records, the court spoiled that portion of the scheme.); 2) removal of individual board of director members requiring accountability and accountable actions; 3) delay tactics and deceit, deceit by the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation board representatives which have even extended to the motions filed in the court case and a continuing string of deceitful, untruthful comments to media; 4) don't provide anything unless forced by the court.

There has been a request for the Department of Public Examiners to Review the the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation's records and accounts. The foundation has received a substantial portion of their contributions from public fund sources, as such the Alabama Department of Public Examiners may examine the records of the foundation. There is no scheduled date that I am aware related to an audit of the foundation by the Department of Public Examiners.

Records provided demonstrate: The approximate amount of donations, according to bank statements for the year 2010, was $29,000.00. This amount does not include the $75,000.00, donations from the Legislative Delegation 1/2 and the anonymous donor 1/2, for the purchase of Joyce Chapel;. for the year 2010 there were less than 20% of receipts provided for approximately $25,000.00 in expenditures. Records thus far disclosed demonstrate gross mismanagement and misappropriation of public and private funds. It is also important to note there are errors in the IRS Form 1023, application for non-profit status, which was provided me on June 3, 2011, requested several months earlier. This form is required to be produced upon request by Federal Law. Current Tax fillings, Form 990, non-profit 501c3 Tax Form, are also required to be produced by Federal Law. Both documents are required to be present at the place of business and supplied upon request. The Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization operating the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center.

In closing, there are resolutions to this problem, resolutions which have been presented to Ms. Washington and others on the foundation's Board of Directors. The Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation and the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center is a needed educational and organizational institution in Scottsboro, Alabama. However, under current management it cannot continue to exist due to mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.

The resolution - specific recognition to Ms. Washington as the Founder, no one may ever take that away from her, recognition of others who have made this project possible., without the TEAM, the Scottsboro Boys Museum would not have occurred. A new Board of Directors must be established, a nine member board of directors with staggered terms, 2 years, 3 years 4 years to begin. After initial terms the Board of director terms should be for 4 years.  A new board will immediately elect new officers. The allocations for the board should originate from the following sources with the following terms: 1 citizen appointed by the Scottsboro City Council, 1 citizen appointed by the Jackson County Commission, 1 employee appointed from the Scottsboro or Jackson County School System, 1 citizen appointed by the Legislative Delegation Office, each citizen serving a 4 year term; 2 from the Alabama University System, each serving a 3 year term; reinstate the general membership, 2 members from the general membership serving 2 years and 1 member from the current Foundation Board of Directors serving 2 years. This suggestion has been presented to the current board, this is a resolution. I fear that if this resolution is not adopted it will be the end of this project, the foundation nor the Scottsboro Boys Museum can continue to operate under the current mismanagement and allow funds to be inappropriately utilized. If change does not occur, funding will disappear and the museum will be closed, this does not take into account any criminal punishments.

It is my prayers and wishes the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center continue. Many people have placed their personal efforts and generously donated money for this project. The Scottsboro Boys Museum does not represent one person nor does it demonstrate one persons efforts or quest for glory. Instead, the Scottsboro Boys Museum must be an educational tool to assist the community and our nation to realize and overcome the destructive forces of racism. The museum must be a tool in the recognition of the struggles of the Scottsboro Defendants and why we as a people can never allow this type of injustice to occur again.

Part of the struggle is about the truth, whether it be about facing the truth of our racist history, the truth of personal prejudice, the truth in realization of the necessity to overcome personal racial prejudice and fight for equality, the truth of suffering of a whole race of people at the hands of evil men, or the truth of facing the realities of bad management, the reality of the truth concerning the possible end of this wonderful project.

The Scottsboro Boys Museum is important to our community and our nation. The bottom line of the truth and reality of this situation, yes the Scottsboro Boys Museum is needed, it has the capability to exist as a world wide tool facilitating the ending of racism, however, management must change for the museum to be successful and reach its potential. Sustainability has always been a question, sustainability will not be possible with poor management and misappropriation of funds.

Monday, June 6, 2011

"BRIDGES" Womens Equality Day Poster Released


Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute has released the 2011 Womens Equality Day Poster.

From the National Womens History Project: http://www.nwhp.org/aboutnwhp/index.php

What is Women’s Equality Day?  http://www.nwhp.org/resourcecenter/equalityday.php


"At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”"

"The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York."

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971

Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

May - Asian American Pacific American Heritage Month

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The Holocaust, Days of Rememberance

 What is Days of Remembrance?

The U.S. Congress established Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. This year, Holocaust Remembrance week is May 1 through May 8, 2011. The Museum designated “Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What Have We Learned?” as the theme for the 2011 observance. In accordance with its congressional mandate, the Museum is responsible for leading the nation in commemorating Days of Remembrance and for encouraging appropriate observances throughout the United States. The United States Holaucaust Museum: http://www.ushmm.org/



What is the Holocaust? Who are we remembering?

The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi
Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims—six million were murdered; Roma (Gypsies), people with disabilities, and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war,and political dissidents, also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi Germany.

Why is Days of Remembrance observed in the United States?

In 1980, Congress unanimously passed legislation to establish the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, which oversees the Museum. The Council, which succeeded the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, was charged with carrying out the following recommendations:

• That a living memorial be established to honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust will be taught in perpetuity

• That an educational foundation be established to stimulate and support research in the teaching of the Holocaust.

• That a Committee on Conscience be established that would collect information on and alert the national
conscience regarding reports of actual or potential outbreaks of genocide throughout the world.

• That a national day of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust be established in perpetuity and be held annually.

The Days of Remmberance 2011 Theme: What Have We Learned?    http://www.ushmm.org/remembrance/dor/years/detail.php?content=2011&lang=

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Scottsboro Boys Play - West Coast,


Picture taken at Lyceum Theater, New York.

"Scottsboro Boys" play, west coast...The Old Globe - Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, San Diego-April 22-June 3, 2012 and American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco-June 19-July 15, 2012. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/150561-California-Bookings-of-Scottsboro-Boys-Confirmed-Seattle-Boston-Chicago-Being-Eyed  The article states: "The Scottsboro Boys tells the true story of nine black youths accused of raping two white women in the Depression-era South." The play "tells the true story," says the "Playbill" article, but their meaning of a "true story" is certainly different from my meaning of a true story.

The play is a modern minstrel depiction of one of the most tragic events in American legal history. The "Scottsboro Boys" play minstrel production does not tell the "true story" of this event which lasted for 45 years within the American justice system and destroyed the lives of the nine youths - beginning in March of 1931 and ending with the Pardon of Clarence Norris, "The Last of the Scottsboro Boys" in October 1976.

The "Scottsboro Boys" play is controversial in a positive way, it brings to light the historical significance of the Scottsboro Boys Trials. It cannot depict the sacrifice of African Americans subjected to a system of Jim Crow racial injustice nor depict the the sacrifice of blacks and whites united in a cause to see justice served. The play should spark an educational curiosity in the minds of the attendees and others to make an inquiry into the reality of Jim Crow Era America and why we can not afford to repeat the past mistakes of our history.

I wish all involved in the "Scottsboro Boys" play the best of luck in your west coast endeavor.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

For the record: Cinco de Mayo is not about independence or Mexico - A U.S. Civil War Connection?

For the record: Cinco de Mayo is not about independence or Mexico  "Sigh. Every year we go through this insanity. Cinco de Mayo is not the Independence Day of Mexico nor is the celebration even really about Mexico! Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican American celebration with an emphasis on the American part." A Civil War connection?  Click on the above link or the link after this sentence for more of the story, by Bella de la Tierra, Senior Correspondent, "MarioWire." http://www.mariowire.com/blog/2011/05/05/cinco-de-mayo-not-independence-mexico/?sms_ss=blogger&at_xt=4dc2bbf27368b5ea%2C0

"In 1862, the United States was in the middle of a civil war. All the South needed was a strong exterior ally and its strengthened cause might have permanently split the United States. A possible exterior ally was closer than Abraham Lincoln liked, as the French Army under Gen. Laurencez was making its way through Mexico." PBS story - http://www.pbs.org/kpbs/theborder/history/timeline/10.html More on Cinco de Mayo from UCLA:  http://www.clnet.ucla.edu/cinco.html

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Corruption, Mismanagement, Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation

(photo by G. Morgan)


Some of the current managers and board of directors of the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation see the Scottsboro Boys Museum as a Money Tree to fleece the public of funds and property. Preying on "White Guilt" coupled with no ethical standards, the foundation's management have abused a worthwhile project in Scottsboro, Alabama.

The records of the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation have been requested for a long period of time, it became apparent there was a misuse of funds in July 2010. Finally, after filing of a legal action, the Jackson County Circuit Court Judge, Civil Case 2011-00024, ordered the Director/Chairperson and members of the Board of Directors not to interfere with the production of records. Not only has the Board of Directors interfered with the production of records, the Chairperson/Director and members of the Board of Directors present on April 20, 2011 at the board meeting are in contempt of the court order and conspired to remove myself and one other member who were committed to accountability of funds of the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation.

Complicating matters has been a disbarred attorney advising the Board of Directors on legal matters. This includes submission of legal documents, changing of by laws, changing of the articles of incorporation. Also, after a review of records, it was revealed that at least one Board Member was never legitimately voted onto the Board of Directors. The Chairperson made a unilateral decision to bring the person on the board after a vote which did not approve the new board member. As if this is not enough, the foundation bylaws have never been ratified at a Board Meeting. When this was brought up at the April 12, 2011 meeting by me, I placed a motion on the table, the motion received a second, for the Board of Directors to accept the current bylaws, they refused and voted not to accept the bylaws. Yet, the misguided directors (misguided by the disbarred attorney) went ahead and amended the bylaws in a contemptuous scheme so they could remove the two persons from the board that demanded accountability.

I must report this to citizens who have supported the Scottsboro Boys Museum because they deserve to know the truth. Misuse of taxpayer funds, gross mismanagement, failed accountability and misappropriation of funds have occurred. Some members of the Board of Directors have conspired to cover-up the misuse of funds by the Director of the Scottsboro Boys Museum, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Curator of the museum, one in the same person.

In a recent vote, April 20, 2011, by the Board of Directors of the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation, the Directors voted me and one other person off of the board who were attempting to obtain records as entitled by the laws of the State of Alabama and maintain accountability. A Temporary Restraining Order was signed by Judge Jennifer Holt prohibiting the interference in the production of records. The court order mattered naught to the conspiring members of the Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation Board removed us via a change in the By Laws, conducted a kangaroo court proceeding at the museum and made false and slanderous allegations concerning diversion of funds at the behest of the Chairperson/Director and the disbarred attorney. The board members who were falsely accused did not have access to any funds at the bank. The removal of the two board members was a malicious action to cover-up wrong doing and gross mismanagement of funds and property of the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation by irresponsible officers of the Foundation.

Public tax-payer funds have been donated to the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation by the City of Scottsboro, Alabama; The Jackson County Commission and the Jackson County Legislative Delegation. Federal Grants via the University of Alabama have been utilized to support the foundation. Representatives of the political entities and University have been advised as to the pending court actions and fund misuse described herein.

Members of the board of directors contrived a plan to falsely accuse and then remove two board members to prevent the further disclosure of records, particularly the IRS Form 1023-Application of Non-Profit Status, the March bank statement, property inventory records, museum accession records, receipts of over $4,500 in travel expenses, contracts and other documentation involving the Foundation Chairperson/Director.

Misuse of funds has been discovered. Making matters worse, the Treasurer resigned in August of 2010 but continued to sign checks, and members of the board of directors conspired to cover up this issue. The Chairperson/Director also signed checks, many made out to the Director. It was also discovered there were a considerable number of blank checks cashed, with no name on the checks as to whom paid.

A review of meeting minutes and bank statements partially produced per court order reveal over $3,200 of store purchases made with no receipts provided. The checks reveal the funds were utilized to purchase goods at surrounding retail stores apparently for the personal benefit of the Director/Chairperson. A review of the bank statements and records provided demonstrates there were fewer than 16% of receipts on hand for purchases by the Chairperson/Director who handled funds and signed the checks. There were also cash donations not properly handled.

The Chairperson/Director/Curator has also refused to return loaned property totaling $650, a receipt was produced but the property was refused to be returned. The loaned property is reflected as such in the Museum accession records which the Chairperson/Director/Curator refuses to produce.

An investigation by law enforcement must occur, as public tax-payer funds have been mismanaged and misappropriated. I have contacted the Scottsboro Police Department and discussed the matter with investigators of the State of Alabama, and I have been informed the District Attorney's Office has been contacted. I cannot determine the outcome, but as a concerned citizen I certainly have a responsibility to insure that misuse of public funds does not occur and report wrong-doing when I see it.

I will discuss with anyone the records I have disclosing the mismanagement of the board of directors and the abuse of tax-payer funds. It is wrongful for anyone to attempt a coverup of any wrong-doing in this matter involving tax-payer funds. I do not think it would be the intention of any responsible official to prevent the release of any information which points to mismanagement or corruption by the Scottsboro Multicultural Board of Directors.

Three previous board members have resigned due to mismanagement of the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation's by the Director/Chairperson. This is a shame. The Scottsboro Boys Museum project, along with the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation's projects, were very worthwhile endeavors and vitally important to this community. As a former board member noted (in their letter of resignation over lack of accountability), this museum is about "teaching that racism and hiding wrong-doing is destructive and harmful to society as a whole." My aim is to reveal any wrong-doing and to protect the public trust.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Historical Event at The Jackson County Alabama Courthouse, Advancements of a Nation and People, History of the Scottsboro Boys Trials - 1931 - 2011 - 80 Years of History

 Jackson County Courthouse as it appeared in 1931, "Corbis" photo courtesy of Steve Kennamer, taken in April 1933.
 The Scottsboro defendants in Scottsboro behind the old Jackson County Jail under guard by the Alabama National Guard. Photo April 1931, The Progressive Age.
Rare photo of inside the courtroom at the Jackson County Courthouse,Jury Venire, April 1931. Photo Courtesy of Steve Kennamer.

Friday, March 25th, 2011, 10:00AM, a ceremony began surrounding the bench of Judge A.E. Hawkins, the racist Jackson County Circuit Court Judge whose rulings resulted in one of the most heinous miscarriages of justice in our nations history, "The Scottsboro Boys Trials." 

80 years to the day of the arrest of the Scottsboro defendants, 9 young men caught in the struggle of the Great Depression and a cultural war of racial discrimination and legal injustice of Jim Crow America. March the 25th 1931 began one of the most tragic events in American legal and cultural history lasting 45 years when Governor George Wallace of Alabama pardoned the last Scottsboro defendants, Clarence Norris in October of 1976. http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scottsboro/scottsb.htm

Why you may ask is this a historical occasion, the Honorable Victoria Roberts, Presiding Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, a Black Woman. Judge Roberts sat behind the "bench" which Judge A.E. Hawkins presided in the "Scottsboro Boys" trials and told the story of the "Scottsboro Boys" trials and what the case represents to United States Jurisprudence today.


 This ceremony celebrates the advancements and achievements of Race Relations in Scottsboro, Alabama and our nation, it celebrates and memorializes the sacrifices of the young 9 Scottsboro defendants, it celebrates and memorializes the sacrifices of those who gave their lives so that Civil Rights and Racial Equality is the rule of our laws instead of the exception, it celebrates education and justice as a tool to overcome racial prejudice. Story from the Daily Sentinel:  http://thedailysentinel.com/news/article_0b87f4d4-5729-11e0-94e8-001cc4c03286.html

A plaque exists on the south side of the Jackson County Courthouse Square telling a short story of the trials. This was the back of the program dedication ceremony describing the plaque. Click on the image for an expanded view.

 This week, April 4 thru April 8 2011, 80 years after the same days of 1931,  marks the conviction and death sentence of Clarence Norris and Charlie Weems in their trial; Haywood Patterson's trial, sentenced to death; Andy Wright, Willie Roberson, Ozie Powell, Olen Montgomery and Eugene Williams trial, sentenced to death.

Roy Wright, alleged to be age 12 ( Evidence at the Decatur trials demonstrated he was 13, a juvenile at arrest.) was tried as an adult in a seperate trial, the jury could not reach a verdict due to his youth, a hung jury by one vote.  http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scottsboro/sb_acct.html

One day I pray and hope that we as a nation may be able to accept and judge all people based on their personal character, not the color of their skin or cultural background related to race, creed, sex or religious preference. Unfortunately, as a nation and culture we are not to that point at this time in our history but we have made advancements thru the sacrifices of a few. We as a people and nation have further to travel in the most deadly of wars, the "Culture War" for the souls of our citizens.


May God grant us the power to overcome racial prejudice. Education is the key to overcoming the ignorance of racial prejudice. Education is what the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center represents, it is our mission and represents our future. As history goes, the story has just begun,