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October 2, 2011

Troy Davis Laid to Rest

Filed under: American Injustice,Racism — millerlf @ 7:49 pm

Following is a statement by Benjamin Jealous, President of the NAACP:

Yesterday Troy Davis was laid to rest.

Thousands joined in to celebrate his life at the Jonesville Baptist Church, and tens of thousands more joined online through the webstream. The power of our global community—united to honor, to stand on convictions and to show respect–was palpable inside the church.

There was little talk of sadness, little mention of grief. The Davis family, compelled by their deep faith, chose to celebrate Troy’s spirit, to honor his life, and to continue to move his mission to abolish the death penalty.

Their strength mirrors Troy’s own. Half of his life was spent behind bars, a captive of a system designed to crush even the mightiest of spirits. But Troy never lost hope. He never lost his faith in God or in his higher purpose.

In the execution room, Troy used his last words to proclaim his innocence one final time. He then made a call for his movement—all of our movement—to bring about to end of the death penalty for good. And then, in his final breath, he asked God’s mercy upon those about to kill him.

Even in his darkest hour Troy Davis saw light. In the face of death he showed compassion, resolution and conviction—a bravery that will forever be remembered.

So together, we will honor Troy’s memory and work to end the terror of state sponsored execution. It was a goal of Fredrick Douglass, Ida B Wells, and Thurgood Marshall. And it is a goal that the NAACP will carry forward in the weeks and months ahead.

A punishment reserved almost exclusively for poor people of all colors, and especially for those like Troy who are of color, is not a punishment. It’s the most irreversible and violent act of discrimination, and the ultimate violation of human rights.

The way that each of us can ensure the end of capital punishment comes as soon as possible is to shift from rallies where we shout the slogan I am Troy Davis, to a sustained campaign where we practice the faith of Troy Davis. If our movement is going to be successful, then we must focus on three types of action:

First, we must target the death penalty for elimination in ten more states.

Second, we must approach every sitting District Attorney and candidate for District Attorney and let them know that they will no longer get our votes unless they stop sending people to death row.

Finally, we all must vote. We are more powerful than those who would do wrong in this world. But only through our collective voice will we achieve our goal.

The time has come for us all to come together and finish what our foremothers and forefathers started. We will end the death penalty, and we will do it in honor of Troy Davis.



Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO



  1. Am mad and sad at the same time. Can not get this off my mind. Was aware of Troy Davis a few mins prior to his originally execution time @ 7pm, said a prayer for him and his family inspire of not knowing him and nothing about him. Did it out of a favor to his lifelong friend and also a friend of mines now, and the fact that I DONT BELIEVE IN THE DEATH PENALTY OF EXECUTION OF ANY KIND. Please keep me informed and what I can do to help. Troy Davis would have been 43 Yrs of age October 9 which is the day after my birthday. Funny how God works in mysterious ways. His stay was for 22 Yrs and God took him home so the world in which we live in was cruel to one of GODS CHILDREN. Troy Davis is looking down upon us..and will not be forgotten. He touched my heart in the few mins I knew of Him. May he rest in peace, gone but not forgotten, and when I made me sad but Racism still exists but is under raps. God bless his family and much love. I want to be apart of the movement and would like to help abolish the death penalty in all states. Thanks

    Comment by Td — October 12, 2011 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  2. God bless his families, supporters, friends, and all Troy Davises. No matter how extreme the crime ones deserves death unless it’s under the instruction of God himself, not man. No man should have the right to determine someones faith nor judge someone. For all who judges will suffer the wrath of God! And to the family of the police officer..if later found that Troy Davis did not in fact kill the police officer..thats something you have to live innocent life. Troy Davis’s faith was decided 22yrs ago..I know and his stay was of God. He’s at home with God. He can’t be hurt no more. Wish I did know him. God bless all.

    Comment by Td — October 12, 2011 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

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