Including previously undisclosed information on one of the most significant and mysterious events in modern American history, this account debunks the myth that James Earl Ray was a racist and documents his actual location on one of the critical days leading up to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The memoir also reveals photographs of James Earl Ray when he was ill in prison and gives the key to a code used by the brothers in planning a prison break. Presenting a mesmerizing perspective on the manipulation of the media in reporting on race relations, the working middle class, and the U.S. criminal justice system, this account broadcasts an urgent call to action to correct some of the many injustices that surround these events, such as the U.S. government's refusal to rigorously test the alleged murder weapon, and encourages support for new federal legislation.
Standing Up Against Injustice Standing Up Against Injustice is both inspirational and instructive, emotional and riveting. A key element of this book is a focus on The Gambia's human rights situation and political landscape political turmoil; prison conditions and the plight of prisoners; the death penalty and executions; detention without trial, disappearances, torture, and extrajudicial killings; and, political repression, and corruption. These are all addressed from Dr. Amadou Scattered Janneh's personal experience and knowledge as a trained journalist, political scientist, former cabinet minister, entrepreneur, former political prisoner sentenced to a life-term, and a leading critic of the dictatorial regime of President Yahya Jammeh. Standing Up Against Injustice looks at Amadou's evolution from a seemingly shy pupil at Gunjur Primary School to a budding activist at Saint Augustine's High School; from a leading anti-apartheid activist at The University of Tennessee to a cabinet minister, and a political prisoner jailed for life. There is an extensive discussion of prison conditions and his incarceration at the Gambia's notorious Mile II Central Prisons where he saw prisoners being dragged away for execution in August 2012. The book concludes with a discussion of events leading to Dr. Janneh's release from prison through the intervention of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and his expulsion to the United States in September 2012.
The New York Times best selling true story of an unlikely friendship forged between a woman and the man she incorrectly identified as her rapist and sent to prison for 11 years. Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape, and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-- but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released, after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face-- and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives. With Picking Cotton, Jennifer and Ronald tell in their own words the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.
The remarkable life of a lawyer at the forefront of civil and human rights since the 1960s By the time he was 26, Michael Tigar was a legend in legal circles well before he would take on some of the highest-profile cases of his generation. In his first US Supreme Court case—at the age of 28—Tigar won a unanimous victory that freed thousands of Vietnam War resisters from prison. Tigar also led the legal team that secured a judgment against the Pinochet regime for the 1976 murders of Pinochet opponent Orlando Letelier and his colleague Ronni Moffitt in a Washington, DC car bombing. He then worked with the lawyers who prosecuted Pinochet for torture and genocide. A relentless fighter of injustice—not only as a human rights lawyer, but also as a teacher, scholar, journalist, playwright, and comrade—Tigar has been counsel to Angela Davis, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown), the Chicago Eight, and leaders of the Black Panther Party, to name only a few. It is past time that Michael Tigar wrote his memoir. Sensing Injustice: A Lawyer's Life in the Battle for Change is a vibrant literary and legal feat. In it, Tigar weaves powerful legal analysis and wry observation through the story of his remarkable life. The result is a compelling narrative that blends law, history, and progressive politics. This is essential reading for lawyers, for law students, for anyone who aspires to bend the law toward change.
Many of us cannot imagine what it would be like to be deeply vulnerable and without protection in a poor and corrupt country. It is beyond the scope of what we know how to think. But for orphans and abused children in Haiti, this unimaginable nightmare is their daily reality. In The Children of Injustice, Ruth Auguste tells the searing story of her childhood, and shows the stark truth of orphaned children in a country lacking compassion for its most fragile citizens. At fifteen years old, Ruth was left to raise her three brothers, and to become an adult while still a child herself. She struggled against a society where orphans were treated as second-class citizens, taken in as slaves, malnourished, neglected, forced to sleep on concrete floors, and shockingly exploited. But Ruth never stopped longing for a better life a life she had to reach for and create for herself. Betrayed by her family, betrayed by her country, Ruth broke out of an existence of crushing desperation to write this book, and to provide hope and a helping hand to those who suffer now as she once suffered herself. Proceeds from the purchase of this book will go to help Ruths World Gifters Society, which provides shelter and protection to boys and girls who are living on the streets in Haiti.
Halle went to Egypt a disinterested atheist with a paralyzing fear of death, just another tourist on vacation. But somewhere in the middle of exploring the fascinating mix of developing country and ancient monuments, she found the unexpected revelation of her soul. Travel up the Nile with Halle as she recounts timeless, riveting stories of both ancient and modern Egypt, of her own awakening, and the changes in the lives of the people she now guides. Growing up without religion, Halle's almost debilitating fear of death was the nasty secret in her otherwise comfortable (if unexamined) life. When her partner invited her on a "spiritual" tour of Egypt, Halle agreed without knowing what she was getting herself into. What followed was beyond her wildest expectations, triggering a deeper understanding of self she didn't even know could exist, and putting Halle on the path to lead her own spiritual journeys. Red Goddess Rising follows Halle's journey as a reluctant spiritual tourist, then as a tour leader who facilitates her guests' awakenings in Egypt. Her experiences—visiting Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan on a Nile cruise—are woven into vignettes of spiritual realization and growth as the story unfolds. Her stories are often humorous, sometimes deeply moving: a friend so overcome with emotion he tries to climb the famous Colossus of Memnon; a private 5-star dinner on the grounds of Luxor Temple where the guests are treated like pharaohs of old; a temple guard in the Valley of the Kings who lost his arm—and nearly his life—shielding a total stranger from the vicious attack during the 1997 Temple of Hatshepsut massacre. From dealing with Egyptian toilet etiquette for Westerners to the lessons Halle learned on a camel ride up Mount Moses, Red Goddess Rising has already been called “enlightening,” “moving” and “funny.” As Halle began to truly face her own fear of death through candid self-reflection, “psychic surgery,” and encounters with unexpected teachers, she transformed her deepest terror in a powerful revelation that totally changed her life from that moment on. Come join Halle and greet the rising sun between the paws of the Sphinx, get initiated in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid, and explore the hidden backstreets of Egypt normally off-limits to tourists. Red Goddess Rising is her story, but like the ancient call of the temple stones, it will resonate with you, too.
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