Book Discussion on The Eyes of Willie McGee

Alex Heard, editorial director for Outside magazine, recounts the death penalty trial of Willie McGee. In 1945, Mr. McGee, an… read more

Alex Heard, editorial director for Outside magazine, recounts the death penalty trial of Willie McGee. In 1945, Mr. McGee, an African-American, was sentenced to death for allegedly raping white housewife, Willete Hawkins in Laurel, Mississippi. Mr.McGee was defended by Bella Abzug, a New York labor lawyer who was dispatched by the Civil Rights Congress, a civil rights organization with ties to the Communist Party. Ms. Abzug and a collection of Mississippi lawyers fought the case until 1951, bringing it national attention and making it a rallying point for civil rights advocates. President Truman and the U.S. Supreme Court were inundated with clemency pleas from the likes of Albert Einstein, William Faulkner, and Paul Robeson. Willie McGee was publicly executed in Mississippi on May 8, 1951. Alex Heard discussed his book at TurnRow Books in Greenwood, Mississippi. close

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Book Discussion on The Eyes of Willie McGee

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Greenwood, Mississippi, United States
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Jun 19, 2010
Last Aired:
Jun 28, 2010

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  • Jun 19, 2010 | 2:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 26, 2010 | 12:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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  • Jun 28, 2010 | 4:02am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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