Taking A Deep Breath

By Jen Marlowe

 

“Troy sat in his cell, hunched over on his bed, waiting for the horrifying moment when the lights would flicker, indicating that a high-voltage current of electricity was coursing through Chris’s body. Every man on the row twitched in silent agony when the flickering began at 9:50pm. Troy knelt on the hard floor, gripping the steel frame of his bed tightly, and prayed for his friend…”

These words (which come from the new book I AM TROY DAVIS which I co-authored with Troy Davis’s sister Martina Davis-Correia) were read aloud on Sept 20–the eve of the 2nd anniversary of Troy’s execution–at our NYC Book Launch at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem. It was not me reading this passage from the book; it was Lawrence Hayes, a death row exonoree.   Read more