STATE NEWS: TRIBUTE TO JAMES BYRD JR.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., a documentary film, Byrd: The Life and Tragic Death of James Byrd Jr., will be shown at the Rice Media Center at 7pm on June 21, 2008.
The film has been shown in various cities in the U.S. and abroad and has won numerous awards:
* Texas Black Film Festival 2008 Award for “Best Texas Film”
* AFI Dallas 2008 Choice
* New York International Independent Film and Video FestivalBest Socio-Political Documentary
* Premiered at the San Diego Black Film Festival
* Received the Houston Peace and Justice Center Appreciation Award
* Won the Best South Africa Award
To view the trailer for the documentary, visit www.Youtube.com/lifeofbyrd .
The filmmakers are Eligah "Ricky" Jason, Micki Dickoff and Eric "Spurgen" Brown. Ricky Jason will attend the screening at Rice University and speak about the film.
Local activist Dave Atwood will comment on the impact of Byrd's death on Texas.
Civil rights activist Dick Gregory, Martin Luther King III, Susan Sarandon, Sister Helen Prejean, Rev. Jew Don Boney and members of the Byrd Family make guest appearances in the documentary.
There is no charge for the screening, but free will donations to Houston Indymedia will be appreciated.
For additional information, contact (409) 350-7279 or (832) 693-5710.
Rice University Media Center Entrance 8, Rice University 7pm June 21, 2008
Black History Facts: James Byrd Jr.
He was dragged to death in Jasper, Texas by three white men who were members of the "Confederate Knights-Ku Klux Klan".
James Byrd was walking on the road on Huff Creek Road when the 3 white men pick him up and chained him on the back of the pickup truck.
He was then dragged 3 miles until his body was mutilated and left near the gate of Jasper black cemeteries. His murder was reported all over the United States and other countries.
Media coverage at the murder trial of the three men, Russell Brewer, John William King, and Shawn Berry, was extensive.
All three were convicted of capital murder, with Berry receiving life in prison, and Brewer and King receiving the death penalty.
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It's my opinion that Democrats need to mend fences quickly North, South East and West if they want to lay claim to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The road to the White House for Democrats will be led by Sen. Barak Obama. No matter how bitter the primary season or the controversies that followed, it is up to Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton to lead the party to victory. One of the best ways to do that is to convince predominantly White states that supported Clinton to bury the hatchet and prove racism is a non-factor in the campaign.
Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and other prime states must not allow the fact that a Black man leads the ticket to stand in the way of victory.
Failure to do so is to cut off the nose to spite the face and spells doom for Democrats in November.
Republican voters will show up in droves at every polling place in every state to support Republican nominee John McCain. They will vote even if they have to hold their noses.
This historic race will be one to the finish and finishing it successfully for Democrats means unity now and support now.
Obama and now former candidate Hilary Clinton must lead that charge and work side by side to turn red states to blue and bring about real change in Washington and restore true democracy to the people of this country.