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OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham "The Murder of Troy Davis" September 24, 2011 - 10 pm ET






September 24, 2011    10 pm ET





The Murder of Troy Davis

Along with millions across the country and around the world, we grieve today. We grieve not only for the families of Troy Anthony Davis, executed in Georgia late Wednesday night, and of Lawrence Brewer, executed in Texas earlier that day, but also for the soul of our nation. We are all diminished by the barbaric practice of capital punishment, and distressed that it is carried out in our name. Like so many others, we feel traumatized, betrayed, and violated by a government that is entrusted to protect us and keep us safe. Wednesday’s actions by the state force us to return to one of the fundamental questions that we ask at OUR COMMON GROUND: What kind of society are we that expends such massive resources – financial, psychological and, dare we suggest spiritual – on the execution of a single person to avenge the needs of a family or group, while ignoring the basic needs of entire communities? In the face of so much doubt, the absence of guilt . . . it was not an execution, IT WAS MURDER.


OUR COMMON GROUND family members and warriors Scholar/Activist Dr. Raymnd Winbush and Poli-Cultural Writer & Activist, Organizer Kevin Gray will be our guests to examine the event, our grief and our response.


ABOUT Our Guests Tonight:



Cultural name – Khalid Aikiiki Gamba

  (Eternal Friend & Warrior)


Kevin Gray once again visits us at Our Common Ground.  He will offer his insight on the Troy Davis murder this week and help us sift through the ashes of the politics of this tragedy.

Kevin Gray and his younger sister Valerie were among the first blacks to attend the local all-white elementary school in 1968. Since then he has been involved in community organizing working on a variety of issues ranging from racial politics, police violence, third-world politics & relations, union organizing & workers’ rights, grassroots political campaigns, marches, actions & political events.

Kevin Gray  is  a CounterPunch.org political magazine contributor and civil rights organizer who resides in Columbia, South Carolina.  He is a contributing editor to Black News, a former President of the SC ACLU, and was Jesse Jackson's SC campaign manager in 1988. There’s no keener mind, no sharper eye focused on the condition of black politics. He is heard as guest host regularly on Sirius radio each Sunday.


Gray is Founder of  the Harriet Tubman Freedom House Project which focuses on community based political and cultural education. Organizer — National Mobilization Committee Against the Drug War.  Former managing editor of Black News in Columbia.

 He is the author of “Waiting for Lightning to Strike”.  A commentary that captures the  year that saw an African American run for the presidency—as a viable contender—for the first time in US history also witnessed a truly remarkable silence—one that was scarcely coincidental. In all the millions of words written about the political ascent of one black man, there was virtually nothing about the descent of black leadership into well-nigh total ineffectiveness. Barack Obama’s personal itinerary was mapped in the minutest detail. The larger itinerary of African Americans was mostly ignored.

Gray’s essay on race & politics have appeared in The Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy – “The Intensification of Racial Solidarity in the 1990s under the guise of Black Nationalism” (1996); The Progressive Magazine,  Counterpunch, The Washington Post Outlook Section, Emerge, One Magazine, The American University Graduate Review & numerous other national, regional & local publications.  His current essays on race, politics, cultural and world affairs can be found online at The Progressive, Counterpunch.com, The Black Agenda Report and “Holla If You Hear Me” blog.


Dr. Raymond A.  Winbush 

Cultural name – Tikari Bioko

We are pleased to have Dr. Raymond Winbush with us once again.  Dr. Winbush, scholar/activist, is the Director, Institute for Urban Research Morgan State University.  A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Winbush received his undergraduate degree from Oakwood College. As an honor undergraduate, he won a fellowship to the University of Chicago and scholarships to Harvard and Yale Universities. In 1973, Dr. Winbush received his MA and, in 1976, the PhD from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Oakwood College, Alabama A&M University, Vanderbilt University and is currently professor at Morgan State University. During his 14 year tenure at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Winbush served as Assistant Provost, held an adjunct professorship in the Department of Psychology and was Director of the Johnson Black Cultural Center and Director of Intercultural Affairs. In 1989, he was first Vice President for Minority Affairs at Cleveland State University and, in 1995, appointed Director of the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University, where he served until 2002.


In addition to serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Black Studies and as executive board member for the National Council for Black Studies, Dr. Winbush has been professional consultant and southern region president to the Association of Black Culture Centers. He has lectured on the challenges faced by African men and the struggle for reparations throughout the United States, London, Amsterdam, Sydney, Paris, Brussels and Paramaribo.


 In 2002, Ray Winbush aided in establishing the Global Afrikan Congress and appeared as race relations expert on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2005. His books, The Warrior Method: A Program for Rearing Healthy Black Boys;  Should America Pay? Slavery and The Raging Debate on Reparations and, “Belinda’s Petition”  were published in 2001,  2003, 2009 respectively. His latest book, Belinda's Petition a Concise History of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade (XLibris, 2009) is considered a "prequel" to Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations, and provides an overview of how reparations for the TransAtlantic Slave Trade has been a consistent theme among African people for the past 500 years.


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