The Scottsboro Boys


January 23: Clarence Norris dies at the age of 76



1. The right to Counsel-“The court ruled they were 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