I grew up in Memphis, a predominantly Black city. I live in Orange Mound, a predominantly Black neighborhood. My neighbor two doors down is a Black policewoman. My church is multiracial, with leaders who are Black. My boss is a Black woman whom I respect. I’ve been gifted with dear Black friends throughout my life.
Many know Martin Luther King Day, an important day in American history. But today, May 19, is Malcolm X Day.
Last night, I just finished watching the 1992 film Malcolm X. The movie is directed by Spike Lee and Malcolm X is played by Denzel Washington. It is a great, yet tragic, story that I recommend all watch.
Payne has maintained his innocence for more than 30 years. Yet, despite having no prior criminal record and living with an intellectual disability, he is set to be executed in Tennessee on Dec. 3, 2020 — even though there is DNA evidence that has NOT yet been tested regarding his case from 1987.