MASSES CONVERGE IN ATLANTA TO MARCH FOR TROY DAVIS AS CALL FOR CLEMENCY STRENGTHENS

Press Release
September 15, 2011

MASSES CONVERGE IN ATLANTA TO MARCH FOR TROY DAVIS AS CALL FOR CLEMENCY STRENGTHENS


March Culminates at Ebenezer Baptist Church With Prayer Service, Musical Performances, and Words from Civil and Human Rights Leaders

 

Contact: Wende Gozan Brown, 347-526-5520, wgozan@aiusa.org
Erika Laws, 410-336-7879, elaws@naacpnet.org
Joi Ridley, 410-409-1219, jridley@naacp.net

(Atlanta) Hundreds of activists and concerned citizens will converge in downtown Atlanta tomorrow in a show of support for Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis. The event, which begins at Woodruff Park (corner of Peachtree St NE and Edgewood), will start with a 6:00 p.m. march to Ebenezer Baptist Church, where civil rights and human rights leaders will hold a prayer service for Davis at 7:00 p.m.

The event follows today’s delivery to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles of more than half a million petition signatures calling for clemency for Davis, who is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, September 21.

The march will be led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, AIUSA Executive Director Larry Cox, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous and Antone De’Jaun Correia, nephew of Troy Davis. The march will proceed down historic Auburn Avenue to Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The prayer service will open at 7:00 p.m. with a welcome and invocation from the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock. Those attending the service will hear from death row exonerees, State Senator Vincent Fort, musical group Indigo Girls, sister of Troy Davis Kimberly Davis, and Ambassador Andrew Young, as well as Cox, Jealous and Sharpton.

The event is part of Amnesty International’s Global Day of Solidarity for Troy Davis. Approximately 300 rallies, vigils and other events are occurring across the United States and the globe, including in New York City, Washington D.C., San Diego, Boulder, Peru, Berlin, Paris and Oslo, among others.

 

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For more information and a complete list of solidarity events, please visit www.amnestyusa.org/troydavis.