Created Equal Film & Arts Series

Scottsboro Boys: An American Tragedy (Community Dialogue)

Join us for a for a dynamic community dialogue exploring 
"The Scottsboro Boys!"

In 1931, nine African American teenagers were falsely accused of assaulting two white women — a crime that never happened. After rushed trials and poor representation, eight of the nine “Scottsboro Boys” were sentenced to death. While considered a tragic miscarriage of justice, wrongful convictions continue to afflict underrepresented communities every day. 

This often forgotton story, memorialized in the multi-Tony nominated musical "The Scottsboro Boys," is being brought to the Phoenix stage this spring by the Phoenix Theatre and The Black Theatre Troupe. In collaboration, the CSRD is embarking on a powerful series of community engagement programs around "The Scottsboro Boys" and the themes represented in the show.

Join us for the first program in the "The Scottsboro Boys: Inspring Community Hope and Understanding" program series. This community dialogue will explore the Scottsboro Boys landmark case, the minstrel show style and its history, and how the musical theatre production uses this challenging storytelling method as a social critique and to bring awareness to issues that still impact American society today!


Robbin Brooks PhotoRobbin Brooks, MSW, CPP
Lecturer and Director of Internships,
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice,
Arizona State University
Don Guillory headshotDonald Guillory, MEd, MLSt
Instructor of History,
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts,
Arizona State University
Walter Belcher PhotoWalter Belcher
Professional Actor and Vocalist,
Mr. Tambo in "The Scottsboro Boys"
David Hemphill
Executive Director,
Black Theatre Troupe
Chandra Crudup photoChandra Crudup - Moderator
Lecturer, School of Social Work,
Faculty Fellow, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy,
Arizona State University

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Monday, February 13, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Black Theatre Troupe
1333 E. Washington St.  |  Phoenix