The 20th Anniversary of world Human Rights Day 2013. Human Rights group will Rally on December 10, 2013 , to request “Presidential Pardon,” for the Youngest Person executed in U.S. History
World Human Rights Day 2013 has special significance in this 20th anniversary year of the establishment of the mandate of the U.N. Proclamation for Human Rights. On December 10, 2013 various Southern Christian Leadership Conference members, civil rights activist and human rights organizations will join hundreds of demonstrators at a scheduled peace vigil outside the Clarendon County Courthouse, in Manning South Carolina where George Stinney Jr. The youngest Person Executed in U.S. History was originally sentenced to death. Their effort is to underscore in tone-one single message “that, as a global community, it’s time to come together and support justice for George Stinney Jr,” said Gregg L Greer a S.C.L.C/ Freedom First Member, and the Rally Organizer.
This 5’1, 95-lb. African-American boy was sent to the electric chair for allegedly killing two young white girls on Friday, March 24, 1944. The day authorities said 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and Mary Emma Thames, 8, went missing and were murdered. Their bodies were found underwater in a creek the next morning. By midday, George Stinney had been arrested. So literally George Stinney Jr. was given a tax commissioner as a defense lawyer. The confession of George Stinney, Jr. was never recorded in police files. Detectives offered the boy ice cream to confess. Stinney was convicted and sentenced in one day of court. The boy faced his sentence without family who was forced to move away from the city for fear of lynching’s from the angry mobs. Stinney Jr. would be left to face trial alone 1,000 people crammed the courthouse.
Denise Bell, a mother of three and teacher from Charlotte, North Carolina is attending the Rally because she believes that the court system worked against Stinney. “Everything about this case seems unfair, I feel he (Stinney) was unjustly punished, by the courts, and not given a chance at all to prove his innocence,” I pray that no-one in my family ever has to go through something like this.”
We don’t care if it happened 60 or 500 years ago.” said, Organizer Gregg Greer
“Not only are we requesting the President to activate the Pardon, but we are inviting the Nikki R. Haley Governor of South Carolina to respond,” “We will send a clear direct message to the nation that we’re not going to sit back and let our children be slaughtered and don’t say anything about it.” “So, the people involved who will come out to support this cause: are white, black, brown, and they are tired of the growing senseless community violence. There’s a mixture of people involved and everybody will come out to support God-given, Human Rights.” according to Greer
In the recent wake of Trayvon Martin, Troy Davis, and growing number of failed Criminal Justice cases-The organizers goal is to have a peaceful dialog to bring continued attention to this case and community violence. Historical researchers and Death penalty opponents often cite the case of the 5-foot-1, 95-pound Stinney, who was electrocuted in the old Central Correction Institute in Columbia on June 16, 1944-At 14 years, seven months and 29 days, because he was the youngest person legally executed in the United States in the 20th century
About four years ago, George Frierson, a member of Clarendon School District 3’s Board of Trustees and a community activist began collecting newspaper articles, death certificates and other documents, as well as anything related to the case that he could put his hands on. We know that, “A Clarendon County jury came back with a verdict, but it was the state that killed George Stinney,” said George Frierson. For Frierson, a 56-year-old father of four and an Alcolu native, “This was a 14-year-old boy “I look at the sadness of this,” he said. “We want to see if this merits reopening this case,” Frierson said.
For the record-The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the people of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all people and all nations. Historically World Human Rights Day continues the celebration of the anniversary with 20 YEARS: WORKING FOR YOUR RIGHTS as its theme but with the emphasis on the future and identifying the challenges that lie ahead.
When speaking about George Stinney and the case, “This isn’t something that I just believe,” Stinney’s sister, Aime L. Stinney, like his other family members, didn’t believe it then, and she doesn’t believe it now. The 72-year-old Newark, N.J., woman said from her home in a recent interview. “This is something that I know. I know my brother is innocent.”
“Someone has to be the scapegoat,” Aime Stinney said. “My brother was the scapegoat.” Aime Stinney said she found peace a long time ago.
“There is a God who sits high and looks low,” she said. “I know that anyone who had anything to do with this will have to come before a just God.”
According to Organizer, Gregg Greer, “We must began to correct the past and work toward the future. Where are our governments!!!-Where are the moral voices?!!!! We need to stop these disgraceful practices that are truly evil in nature. “ We encourage everyone to Fight with us!!! Rally will be at 10:00 AM: Clarendon County Court House Grounds 102 South Mills St. Manning, SC 29102. You can also sign the online petition at https://www.causes.com/campaigns/34389-exonerate-george-stinney-jr-at-14-the-youngest-person-executed-in-us-history.
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- Guilty in Innocence Project -The New Movement to Exonerate George Stinney Jr. At 14 the Youngest Person executed in US History (oneworld01.com)
- Justice still sought in 1944 execution of 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. (chronicle.augusta.com)