Troy Davis Execution: 9 Reactions From Black Celebs and Activists

September 21, 2011  |  

By Alexis Garrett Stodghill

As the state of Georgia prepares to execute Troy Davis for a murder conviction tonight at 7 pm, people around the world are decrying what they see as a violation of justice. Davis, whose case has hung in limbo for 20 years as the courts remained indecisive about whether to take his life, was refused a polygraph test requested in a last-ditch attempt to prove his innocence. Even though seven of the nine witnesses who testified against him have recanted their testimonies, and two jurors have changed their minds, Davis remains condemned to death. Executing a man despite persistent doubts paints a picture of America’s justice system as one that is not just at all. Folks worldwide are expressing their anger at this revelation. Here is a sample of the negative reactions our judicial process has prompted from luminaries for refusing to grant Troy clemency after a last-minute appeal — plus a statement of acceptance of his fate from Davis himself.

UPDATE: Troy Davis was executed and pronounced dead at 11:08 pm on Tuesday, September 21.

Troy Davis

“The Struggle Doesn’t End With Me”

From The Washington Post: “Amnesty International… posted a message that Davis, 42, had asked to share on its Facebook group: ‘The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I’m in good spirits and I’m prayerful and at peace. But I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath.'”

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