Alan Bean, an ordained American Baptist minister, directs Friends of Justice, a non-profit agency based in Arlington, Texas, dedicated to ending mass incarceration and respecting human dignity in the criminal-justice system. His original post can be found on our blog.
Fred Shuttlesworth is dead at 89. He never thought he would survive the civil rights struggle in Birmingham. Far less protective of his personal safety than men like Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers, Shuttlesworth attributed his survival to the grace of God. He couldn’t think of any other explanation. Frankly, neither can I.
Reed Walters, the prosecutor at the center of a national controversy five years ago over incidents in a small town Louisiana schoolyard, doesn’t think he did a very good job explaining his prosecution of what became known as the Jena Six.
As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a new Harris Interactive Poll suggests that 54 percent of Americans believe the South seceded over states rights, not slavery. That would have been news to the folks at the helm of the Confederacy.