ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2011, Troy Anthony Davis was put to death by the State of Georgia. Davis’s execution was protested by hundreds of thousands across the globe. 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’s sister Martina Davis-Correia, 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 murder of a police officer; to Davis’s 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 hang in the balance. It is also an inspiring testament to the unbreakable bond of family, to the resilience of love, and to how 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.
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About the Author
Martina Davis-Correia, the sister of innocent death-row prisoner Troy Davis, was Amnesty USA’s co-Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator for Georgia. She served on the boards of Georgia’s NAACP branch, The Campaign to End the Death Penalty, and Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Martina was also a leading advocate for women with breast cancer. She was twice named Savannah’s “Unstoppable Woman.”
Troy Anthony Davis was executed on September 21, 2011 for the murder of a Savannah policeman, despite an international outcry due to his strong case of innocence. Troy worked tirelessly while on death row to prove his innocence and to abolish the death penalty. TIME magazine named Troy one of 2011’s most influential people.
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. Jen’s award-winning documentary films include One Family in Gaza, Rebuilding Hope: Sudan’s Lost Boys Return Home and Darfur Diaries.
Sister Helen Prejean wrote the internationally acclaimed book Dead Man Walking, describing her experiences as spiritual advisor to Louisiana death row inmates, now a major motion picture starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Sister Helen’s second book is The Death of Innocents. She educates about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing and writing.
Table of Contents
Timeline of Events 7
Glossary of Characters 13
Glossary of Organizations 17
Part 1 33
Part 2 91
Part 3 161
Part 4 215