London Says Goodbye to The Scottsboro Boys | Catherine Schreiber

February 21, 2015 12:57 PM

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London Says Goodbye to The Scottsboro Boys | Catherine Schreiber

In June of 2013, I wrote about the impact of theatre on history, how Kander & Ebb's musical TheScottsboro Boys had helped change history. By telling the story of the nine black teenagers who were wrongly accused of rape in Alabama in 1931, national attention was brought to the travesty of justice that helped spark the American Civil rights movement and led to two seminal Supreme Court rulings. In April 19, 2013, 82 years after the Scottsboro boys were arrested, the Alabama legislature had universally approved the passage of The Scottsboro Boys Act, exonerating the boys. How apt were Kander & Ebb's lyrics "what was a whisper is now a roar."

The following November of 2013 'the roar' grew even louder when the last three boys were pardoned. They were pardoned the same day the production was happening at the Young Vic Theater, in London. Just as the mother of one of the boys, Ava Wright, had traveled to London in 1932 to bring attention to...

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