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In 1931, nine African American teenagers were falsely accused of assaulting two white women on a train in Tennessee — a crime that never happened. After rushed trials and poor representation, eight of the nine “Scottsboro Boys” were sentenced to death. While considered a tragic miscarriage of justice, wrongful convictions continue to afflict underrepresented communities every day.
Phoenix Theatre and The Black Theatre Troupe will bring this powerful story to the stage in April 2017 with the Tony nominated production, “The Scottsboro Boys." Join the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) and our partners for a dynamic community dialogue exploring this landmark case, the controversial minstrel show style, how the musical theatre production creates a social critique using this challenging and creative storytelling method to bring awareness to issues that still impact American society today.
This program is part of "TheScottsboro Boys: Inspiring Community Hope and Understanding" community engagement programs.