The Scottsboro Boys

The Scottsboro Boys

– a musical 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 2011 Tony Award Performance

  “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 




THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS played its final performance on Broadway on December 12th, 2010.


The Central Park Five

The Central Park jogger case (events also referenced as the Central Park Five case) was a criminal case in the United States over the aggravated assault and rape of a white woman in Manhattan’s Central Park on April 19, 1989, occurring during a string of other attacks in the park the same night.

Five male teenagers indicted for raping a woman and other charges; another was given a plea deal and pleaded guilty to assault; four other teenagers were indicted for assault and other charges related to attacks on other persons that night in the park.

Five male youths were tried in two trials for the rape and violent assault of Trisha Meili whilst she was on an evening jog (the 6th made a plea deal in 1991 for a lesser charge and had a lesser sentence). Four of the five in the Meili case were convicted in 1990 of rape, assault, and other charges; one of these was convicted of attempted murder; one was convicted on lesser charges but as an adult. The other five defendants pleaded guilty to assault before trial and received lesser sentences.
  • Assault
  • Robbery
  • Riot
  • Rape
  • Sexual abuse
  • Attempted murder


Guilty; sentences ranged from 5–10 years for four juveniles, and 5–15 years for a 16-year-old who was classified as an adult because of the violent nature of the crime.

Four of the teenagers in the Meili case served 6–7 years in juvenile facilities; one, sentenced as an adult, served 13 years. Four unsuccessfully appealed their convictions in 1991.
After another man was identified as the rapist in 2002, these five convictions were vacated, and the state withdrew all charges against the men.

The five men sued the city for discrimination and emotional distress; the city settled in 2014 for $41 million. They also sued New York State, which settled in 2016 for $3.9 million total.





N. JeremiDuru*

That Justice is a blind goddess
Is a thing to which we Blacks are wise: Her bandage hides two festering sores That once perhaps were eyes.
– Langston Hughes

In 1989 a jogger was assaulted and raped in New York’s Central Park, and five young people were subsequently charged with the crime. The quintet labeled the Central Park Five, maintained its innocence, and spent years fighting the convictions, hoping to be exonerated. This limited series spans a quarter of a century, from when the teens are first questioned about the incident in the spring of 1989, going through their exoneration in 2002, and ultimately the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014. The cast is full of Emmy nominees and winners, including Michael K. Williams, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, and Blair Underwood. Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Ava DuVernay co-wrote and directed the four episodes.
Original release: May 31, 2019
Production companies: Harpo Films; Tribeca Productions; ARRAY; Participant Media
Director: Ava DuVernay