S: Big Poppa Productions
BC: Published By Big Poppa Publishing Company
FC: A TRIP GONE WRONG
1: BY: CHRIS JAMISON
2: There once was 9 black boys and their names were: Eugene Williams, Haywood Patterson, Charles Weems, Clarence Norris, Andy Wright, Ozzie Powell, Olen Montgomery, Roy Wright, and Will Roberson. They were om a train headed to Alabama to visit their Granny and get some of her homemade sweet potato pie.
4: On their way to Alabama they met a group of white boys on the train. The white boys were hobo's or homeless people.
6: In these times blacks and whites didn't get along. The black boys and white boys got into a fight and the blacks boys won, so they threw the white boys off the train.
8: The white boys felt embarrassed because they got beat up by black boys, so they went and filed a complaint with the Scottsboro, Alabama police.
10: The sheriff then found the white boys on the train bragging about their fight. The sheriff arrested them on the spot.
12: As the police were arresting them, 2 dirty white women came out of the bushes crying. They lied on the black boys saying they had raped them even though they didn't.
14: The boys waited in jail until they had to go to court. On that day the judge sentenced 8 of the boys to death and one to life in prison. Even though evidence was presented that they didn't rape the women, they still lost the case.
16: Everyone was upset about this decision. Granny decided to call the NAACP or National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. They said they couldn't help.
18: The next day Granny got a call from the ILD (International Labor Defense) or the Communist Party. They wanted to provide Granny and the boys with everything they needed.
20: The results that came from this controversy are: Powell v. Alabama and Norris v. Alabama. After 9 years of being in jail, the boys were released. Alabama dropped the cases against the boys and that night Granny made the best sweet potato pies she had ever made. The boys and Granny lived happily ever after.
21: Powell v. Alabama- A United States Supreme Court decision which determined that the defendant must be given access to counsel upon his or her request as part of due process. Norris v. Alabama- 2nd time in Supreme Court and they appealed it and they had to go to court a third time.