NAACP Responds to Alabama’s Pardoning of Scottsboro Boys

(Washington, DC)  -- The NAACP released the following statement regarding the pardoning of the “Scottsboro Boys”, nine black teens falsely accused of rape in Alabama in 1931.

From Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP:

“An historic miscarriage of justice has finally been corrected, and the healing for Scottsboro, and the wound it cut in our nation, can begin,” stated Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP.  Like so many communities that have had tried to move beyond their ugliest chapters, Alabama has learned you can only move forward if you are honest about your past. It’s heartening this was a unanimous vote.”
“Unfortunately, Alabama still needs to confront its present,” continued Jealous.  “It’s law targeting undocumented workers is a human rights catastrophe. Its lawsuit against the Voting Rights Act threatens to create many more. It needs to realize the error of its ways now, not 80 years from now.”


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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