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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


Friday, January 28, 2011

Birmingham Museum of Art - "Scottsboro: An American Tragedy"

Ms Sheila Washington, Director of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center introduces the PBS film, "Scottsboro: An American Tragedy"


Dr. Ellen Spears, University of Alabama was present representing the Scottsboro University-Community Partnership in Scholarship, supported by New College, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the UA Council on Community-Based Partnerships, and the Summersell Center for the Study of the South.

Left to Right in the photo: Mrs. Lynda Hodges, Ms. Gretel Johnston, Ms. Sheila Washington and Mr. Garry Morgan.

Lynda, Gretel and Sheila, we arrived early for a tour of the museum, I was very impressed with the Asian pottery/ceramics/jade section and European Renaissance period oil paintings.
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On January the 27th Sheila Washington, Lynda Hodges, Gretel Johnston and Garry Morgan traveled to the Birmingham Museum of Art for an evening of discussion prior and after the PBS film, "Scottsboro: An American Tragedy."
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Ms. Washington introduced the film and we answered questions afterwords.
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Scottsboro: An American Tragedy, PBS, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/scottsboro/ In this 2001 Academy Award nominated film, filmmakers Barak Goodman and Daniel Ankar retell the extraordinary lost story of the 1931 Scottsboro case, where nine black teenagers were accused of raping two white women. Through never-before-seen-footage, photos, letters, diaries, and eyewitness accounts, Goodman and Ankar give viewers the opportunity to re-examine the case through unbiased eyes.
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Sheila Washington, Founder and Director and Garry Morgan, Historian of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion.
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Many thanks to the museum staff for their hospitality. Link to the museum: http://www.artsbma.org/visit-the-museum/visitor-information

Friday, January 21, 2011

Black History Month Events at The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center



Beginning on February the 1st, 2011 the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center will be presenting several programs involving Black History Month. The public is cordially invited to our kick off celebration of Black History Month on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 10AM.
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The featured guest speaker on Tuesday the 1st of February will be Ms. Marilyn Jones Stamps. Ms. Stamps is in charge of the Publications Division of the Alabama Department of Tourism, she is the coordinator of the "Alabama Vacation Guide" and editor of the "Alabama Calender of Events." She has been employed by the State of Alabama for more than 30 years.
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Ms. Stamps has a passion for history which she attributes to growing up in the Civil Rights era of the 1950's and 60s. She grew up in a large family of 15 in the Jonesville Community of Matthews, Alabama.
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During the February 1st program guest speakers will be Senator Shad McGill, District 8 Senator representing Jackson, Dekalb and part of Madison County; Ms.Sadie Bias, Chairperson of the Jackson County Commission and the first woman Chairperson of the Jackson County Commission; Mayor Melton Potter, Mayor of Scottsboro, Alabama; Reverend Robert Shanklyn, past President of the Alabama NAACP and several other guest speakers.
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The February 1, 2011 date is a special date for the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center as it represents the 1st year of operation. The past year has been fantastic, we have received donations to purchase the property for the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center and many in the community have supported our cause. A cause dedicated to telling the story of "The Scottsboro Boys" and how the tragic event begining on March 25, 1931 began the modern Civil Rights era.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jackson County Voters League Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration


Saturday's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at the Scottsboro RecCom sponsored by the Jackson County Voters League.

FAMILAR FACES

Martin Luther King, Jr."I have a dream"



The Daily Sentinel's coverage of the Greater St. Paul AME Church, Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service on Monday January 17, 2011. http://thedailysentinel.com/news/article_19708d10-2298-11e0-bcba-001cc4c002e0.html