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I Am Troy Davis
     

I Am Troy Davis

by Jen Marlowe
 

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"Those of us who know Troy Davis, who sat with him, who talked to him, know that he was somebody who was full of love, full of love for his family, full of love for humanity, full of love for a movement he was born into, a movement for civil and human rights in this country."—Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP

"Martina Correia's heroic fight to save her

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"Those of us who know Troy Davis, who sat with him, who talked to him, know that he was somebody who was full of love, full of love for his family, full of love for humanity, full of love for a movement he was born into, a movement for civil and human rights in this country."—Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP

"Martina Correia's heroic fight to save her brother's life while battling for her own serves as a powerful testament for activists."—Liliana Segura, The Nation

In 1991 On September 21, 2011 Troy Anthony Davis was put to death by the State of Georgia. Davis’ execution was protested by hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, and Pope Benedict XVI, President Jimmy Carter, and 51 members of Congress all appealed for clemency. How did one man capture the world’s imagination, and become the iconic face for the campaign to end the death penalty?

I Am Troy Davis, coauthored by Jen Marlowe and Davis’ sister Martina, tells the intimate story of an ordinary man caught up in an inexorable tragedy. From his childhood in racially-charged Savannah; to the confused events that led to the 1989 shooting of a police officer; to Davis’ sudden arrest, conviction, and two-decade fight to prove his innocence; I Am Troy Davis takes us inside a broken legal system where life and death hangs in the balance. It is also an inspiring testament to the unbreakable bond of family, to the resilience of love, and that even when you reach the end of justice, voices from across the world will rise together in chorus and proclaim, “I am Troy Davis," I stand with you.

Jen Marlowe, a human rights activist, writer, and filmmaker, is the author of The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker and Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival.

Martina Davis-Correia was Amnesty USA's co-Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator for Georgia. Martina was also a leading advocate for women with breast cancer. She was twice named Savannah's "Unstoppable Woman."

Sister Helen Prejean wrote the internationally acclaimed book Dead Man Walking. She educates about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing, and writing.

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"Essential for those interested in the U.S. justice system in general and the death penalty in particular." —Library Journal

“Here is a shout for human rights and for the abolition of the death penalty. This book, I Am Troy Davis, should be read and cherished. It will inspire courage in the heart of those who are willing to use their efforts to save lives and increase the quality of life for all people.”
—Maya Angelou

“Martina and Troy are heroes from a family of heroes. This story of their lives is also a call to action. It asks each of us to pick up where they left off by ending the death penalty once and for all so the risk of executing an innocent person is finally eliminated in America.”
—Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP

"Read this book, about Martina Davis-Correia and Troy Anthony Davis. The lives of this sister and brother were tragically cut short, one by cancer, the other through a cruel injection of a lethal, chemical cocktail in the final act of a profoundly unjust criminal justice system. This book captures their unflagging courage in confronting the challenges thrust upon them. More than history, more than eulogy, I Am Troy Davis is an urgent call to action."
—Amy Goodman

"Like Trayvon Martin's monumental murder, the execution of Troy Davis was a historic awakening for this country -- an awakening of the deadly consequences of white supremacy. Don't miss this book!"
—Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary

"In this moving and intimate portrait of Troy Davis and his courageous family, Jen Marlowe restores to Troy his humanity, and reminds us why every life matters, and why capital punishment makes this country a pariah among the world's democracies."
—Gloria Steinem

"I Am Troy Davis is a painful yet very important book, one that will bring you face to face with the human impact of the death penalty system, prompt you to think deeply about the flaws in our criminal justice system, and inspire you to stand with all those who have been wrongfully placed on death row."
—Susan Sarandon

“Martina Correia’s heroic fight to save her brother’s life while battling for her own serves as a powerful testament for activists.”
—Liliana Segura, the Nation

"I Am Troy Davis is heart stopping proof that the death penalty didn't just kill an innocent Troy Davis and break and bury his gorgeous family, but it charred the soul of America. This book will devastate you, piss you off and then inspire you to work with your life to the end the death penalty forever."
—Eve Ensler, Author and Playwright

"I Am Troy Davis, takes readers on the journey of a remarkable family whose faith, love, integrity and convictions propelled their fight for their loved one and a larger cause. Jen Marlowe’s careful and sensitive collaboration with the Davises has yielded a narrative that will surely inspire readers to pick up the torch that Martina Davis Correia so bravely carried for social justice and human dignity with every ounce of her being and every day of her life."
—Laura Moye, Amnesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Director Emeritus

"A Must Read Book – the searing, heartbreaking story of a strong and loving family caught in the vortex of a dysfunctional criminal justice system."
—Anne Emanuel, Georgia State University Law Professor and ABA Georgia Death Penalty Assessment Chair

Library Journal
★ 09/01/2013
After three stays of execution and a final appeal to the Supreme Court, Troy Anthony Davis, who was found guilty of the 1989 murder of a police officer in Savannah, was executed by the state of Georgia in 2011. This riveting account, written by his sister, Davis-Correia, and human rights activist Marlowe (coauthor, The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker), with a foreword by Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States), takes readers on an unforgettable journey through Davis's life—one that raises troubling questions about his ordeal at the hands of the legal system. The events surrounding the murder, which occurred late one summer evening, were unclear from the beginning. Eyewitnesses who accused Davis later recanted but were deemed unreliable by some involved in the appeals process. Davis's family, meanwhile, worked tirelessly to support him and make his story known. Many prominent human rights advocates and groups, including Amnesty International, rallied to his cause as his story, and that of his family's struggle, was heard around the world. Davis's last days, during which his nephew presented an appeal on his behalf, are presented here in intimate detail. VERDICT Essential for those interested in the U.S. justice system in general and the death penalty in particular.—Claire Franek, Greenville, KY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
A compelling account of the life of Troy Davis (1968–2011), the Georgia-born black man condemned to death for the killing of a white policeman. When Officer Mark MacPhail was brutally gunned down in August 1989, the city of Savannah "was out for blood." The man apprehended for that shooting, Davis, proclaimed his innocence until the day of his death in September 2011. Documentarian Marlowe (co-author: The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker, 2011) tells the moving story of Davis and his activist sister, Martina Davis-Correia. Born just 17 months apart, they were as close as "two peas in a pod." After neighborhood associates--some of whom spoke under duress from the Savannah police--pinned the crime on Davis, Davis-Correia vowed to fight on behalf of her brother. Through multiple appeals and stays of execution that took place over 22 grueling years, never once did her faith in her brother's innocence waver. It only grew stronger, especially after the associates who blamed her brother for MacPhail's death eventually retracted their statements regarding Davis' involvement in the murder and admitted that they had lied under oath. Correia did not fare as well, developing breast cancer. Nevertheless, the two siblings remained committed to each other. Davis became a beloved surrogate father to his sister's son and inspired him to work "against inequality and injustice," while Correia worked tirelessly for her brother's freedom. The state of Georgia finally executed Davis by lethal injection. Two months later, Correia passed away. Marlowe became involved with the case in 2008 and recounts events with compassion for both the Davises and the MacPhails, who declined to participate in the writing of her book. The result is a powerful narrative that challenges the notion that "the taking of one life can be answered by the taking of another." Poignant and humane.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608462957
Publisher:
Haymarket Books
Publication date:
08/19/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Jen Marlowe, a Seattle, WA based human rights activist, writer, and filmmaker, is the author of The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker and Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival . Jen’s award-winning documentary films include One Family in Gaza, Rebuilding Hope: Sudan’s Lost Boys Return Home and Darfur Diaries.

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