He Calls Me By Lightning : The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice and the Death Penalty

At once a fascinating and distressing read, this is the true story of Caliph Washington, who, at the age of 17 fresh out of the armed forces, was accused and convicted of murder in the accidental death of a Bessemer, Alabama police officer, James Clark. He was sentenced to death, a cruel punishment which extended over thirteen years of appeals, three new trials and stays (12 times by Governor George Wallace)  until Washington's conviction was finally overturned, and he was released.[Although overturned, the case was not dismissed until 2001, after Washington had died]. The author really digs into the details of this case, which is illustrative of the pervasive systemic racism and injustice which ruined so many Southern black lives in the 1950's-1960's, and which continues to this day. Reading this compelling story of one man's journey brings this history alive and makes it personal.  

He calls me by lightning : the life of Caliph Washington and the forgotten saga of Jim Crow, southern justice, and the death penaltyBy Bass, S. Jonathan author.

"This absorbing chronicle of deep injustice reveals how the Jim Crow South protected racial humiliation with distorted law and organized terror. Written with insider knowledge and analytical power, the book engages our senses to experience repression and challenges our intellect to appreciate the courage of resistance." -Ira Katznelson (Fear Itself)

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