Document 12B: "Mass Protest Already Gains Points in Court; Mrs. Wright and Girl Welcomed by New York Workers; Members Hit N.A.A.C.P. Traitors," Southern Worker, 16 May 1931, pp. 1-2.

MASS PROTEST ALREADY
GAINS POINTS IN COURT

________________

Mrs. Wright and Girl
Welcomed by New York
Workers.

________________

Members Hit N.A.A.C.P. Traitors

________________

    Two important victories were won by the International Labor Defense in the fight to save the lives of the nine Scottsboro boys, when the hearing for a new trial for Haywood Patterson came up in the Scottsboro court on May 6th.

    A hearing on a new trial was granted not only in the case of Haywood Patterson, but also to the other seven boys already convicted and for whom a new trial had been denied by Judge Hawkins when Roddy made the weak and ineffectual motions at the close of the trials.

* * *

    The second point won was that Judge Hawkins granted a change in venue from Scottsboro to Fort Payne, fifty miles away.

Won by Mass Protest

    The winning of these two points was made possible by the mass movement of protest against the legal lynching thruout the country.

* * *

    Mrs. Ada Wright, mother of two of the boys, and her 9-year-old girl, Elsa-known to the Chattanooga workers as sister-arrived in New York City and was given an enthusiastic welcome at the terminal by white and Negro workers. She will speak in New York and other Northern cities under the auspices of the International Labor Defense, rallying more mass support in the struggle to save her boys and the other defendants.

* * *


 
back to top