The Scottsboro Boys WBECHS Black History

WBECHS Theatre Performance of the Scottsboro Boys
Posted on 02/16/2021
Scottsboro Boys

The Scottsboro Boys

In 1931, nine black youths, ranging in age from 13 to 19, were wrongfully convicted by all-white juries of raping two white women on a train in north Alabama. All but the youngest were sentenced to death, even though one of the women recanted her story. After numerous trials and appeals, none of the nine defendants was executed, due to the extraordinary defense of Samuel Leibowitz. Four were released when the charges against them were dropped in 1937, and gradually, one by one, by 1950, the remaining five gained their freedom.

The Following Performance is a scene from the musical THE SCOTTSBORRO BOYS about the boys longing to return home to their families singing “Go Back Home”

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WBECHS Theatre Performance: Jessie Parker Boatwright (BHS Junior), Bradley Gittens (WBECHS Senior), Donovan Saunders (WBECHS Sophomore), Jordan Gibbs (WBMS 5th Grade), Jaheim Morgan (WBMS 6th Grade)