The Scottsboro Boys


January 23: Clarence Norris dies at the age 76


1. The right to Counsel-“The court ruled the where denied the right to effective counsel in their first trial when the judge named all members of the Jackson County bar to defend them, effectively diffusing final responsibility for the case. (Patterson vs. Alabama, 1932)” (Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center)

2. Nondiscrimination in juror rolls-“because Jackson juror rolls excluded blacks, the Court ruled the defendants had not received equal protection under the law. (Norris vs. Alabama, 1935)” (Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center)

3. The case of the Scottsboro boys shows the injustice that the U.S. had during that time period.

Influenced by case:

Scottsboro Boy

 -autobiography published by Haywood Patterson in 1950

The Last of the Scottsboro Boys

-autobiography published by Clarence Norris in 1979

Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

-Ms. Lee, was born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama

-Pulitzer Prize Winner, Presidential Medal of Freedom

Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South

-published by Dan T. Carter in 1970

The Scottsboro Boys

– a musical with featuring songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson

-Opened on Broadway in the month of October 2010

-Directed by Susan Stroman

-Uses minstrel show performance style to tell the story of the boys, came under attack by unsupportive protestors who did not approve of minstrel format.




  “The Scottsboro Boys”

    -Song by Leadbelly, released in 1990-

 Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys

-a movie aired on NBC in 1976

Stories of Scottsboro

-published by James Goodman in 1994 to recount the Scottsboro tragedy from many perspectives

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

-a documentary releases by PBS in 2000


LEADBELLY “Scottsboro boys” Library of Congress Recordings – YouTube