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Excerpt: The Root On Thurgood Marshall And The Death Of Willie James Howard

Goff and his men had an explanation for the “accident.” They told the sheriff they’d only taken Howard down to the river so the boy’s daddy could give him a whipping. But Howard jumped into the river instead, drowning himself.

James Howard was threatened into supporting Goff’s version. Three days later, the Howards sold their house and left town. But not before Thurgood Marshall stepped in and requested that Florida Gov. Spessard Holland demand an investigation. The governor condemned the killing but told Marshall, “I am sure you realize the particular difficulties involved where there will be the testimony of three white men and probably the girl against the testimony of one Negro man.”

Marshall’s NAACP friend Harry T. Moore believed it was “a waste of time to seek help from state authorities.” He’d investigated dozens of lynchings in Florida and concluded, “The life of a Negro in Suwannee County is a very cheap article.”

Despite Marshall’s efforts, a Florida grand jury declined to indict Goff and his two accomplices. The Department of Justice never moved on the case, and the killing of Willie James Howard was soon forgotten.
- From “Florida’s History of Failed Justice,” by Gilbert King

TODAY: Peace March for Trayvon Martin in Florida

Just received this press release.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 5 p.m. a Peace March will be held in support of the family of Trayvon Martin concerning their continuous efforts in seeking justice by having their son’s murderer prosecuted. We will assemble at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park in Liberty City (Corner of NW 62nd Street and NW 12th Avenue). We are calling all to stand up and let our voice be heard. Special invited guests include the family of Trayvon Martin, as well as the families of other young men who were taken from us way too soon.
Trayvon Martin, a Miami Gardens teenager was shot down in Sanford, FL while visiting his father. The police know that George Zimmerman is the shooter, but at this point have not taken any action.

Who: Concerned Citizens of Liberty City and Miami at Large
What: Peace March
When: Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 5 pm
Where: Beginning at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park {Corner of NW 62 Street & NW 12 Avenue}
Why: Rally behind our murdered son Trayvon Martin’s family as they attempt to have his killer prosecuted. This is call to action is for citizens to voice concern about the violence in our communities that goes unaddressed. To put an end to this, WE NEED YOU NOW!
Contact: Joshua Jones (joshuajones83@gmail.com /(404)446-5649

UPDATE 5:12 pm EST: A march has also begun in Miami, FL, at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park, NW 62nd Street and NW 12th Avenue.

Voices: Justice For Trayvon Martin

By Arturo R. García

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And now, the waiting begins. Again.

Once again, a young person of color is dead, and hundreds of thousands of people are hoping for justice to be served. Less than a year ago, it was Troy Davis. This week, it’s Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida boy shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who remains free after authorities were criticized for allegedly protecting Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch aptain.

Tuesday night, the U.S. Justice Department announced it would investigate the slaying of Martin. And, especially in light of what we’ve learned about not only Zimmerman, but the social climate around him that enabled him to not only feel justified in an abhorrent sense of paranoia toward young black men, but to continue walking the streets after bringing about the worst possible outcome of that entitlement, the question comes to mind again: Will they get it right this time?
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