Friday, September 16, 2011 in Atlanta, GA a historical march was held for a Georgia inmate, Troy Davis, who has been held in prison for 22 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Davis was falsely convicted for murdering police officer Mark MacPhail.
This march brought various ages, nationalities, and religious groups together in an effort to bring a halt to the scheduled execution of Troy Davis on September 21, 2011. An estimated 5,000 supporters marched from Woodruff Park to Auburn Avenue as the crowd marched they yelled various chants such as, “No justice, no peace” and “Who are we? Troy Davis.”
The march was concluded with a prayer vigil at Ebenezer Baptist Church, which only half the crowd could fit in the building. This prayer vigil included great orators, singers, and social activist leaders, such as Rev. Al Sharpton, Comedian Dick Gregory, Ben Jealous, Rev. AL White, Indigo Girls and many more. The prayer vigil focused on the need to stop the execution of Troy Davis, to eliminate the death penalty and bring justice for the MacPhail family by finding his murderer. Various religious leaders and 2,500 plus supporters joined in an interfaith prayer for healing and justice for Davis and MacPhail families.
The Prayer vigil and march gave a voice to those falsely incarcerated and those on death row. Many speakers quoted one of the Ten Commandments in the Bible, “Thou shall not kill.” As mentioned at the prayer vigil by Roberta Abdul-Salem, Georgia State Representative, “this is not only about Troy Davis but for all the Troy Davis’s before and after him across America.”
Amnesty International and the NAACP are asking for you to support this effort by praying Monday during the appeal to Georgia pardons and paroles board, and gathering on Georgia state capital Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 7:00 PM. We are our brother’s keeper.
Scripture: “36. I was in prison and you came to visit me…39.Then the righteous will answer him..’When did we see you sick or in prison and to visit you?’ 40. The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:36,39,40 NIV)