The Jackson State University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host the event, “Come Meet the Scott Sisters” at 2 p.m., Friday, April 1 in the JSU Liberal Arts Building, Room 266, which is located on the university’s main campus. The event will be preceded by a protest march at 10 a.m. in downtown Jackson from the Farish Street Park to the State Capitol Building.
The purpose of the march is to demand a full pardon for Jamie and Gladys Scott, who were convicted of orchestrating a 1993 armed robbery in Forest, Mississippi. Both sisters received double life sentences. On December 29, 2010, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour suspended their sentences on the condition that Gladys donate a kidney to her ailing sister. The two women were released from prison on January 7, 2011, but must remain on parole and pay the state of Florida, where they’ll reside, $52 a month for the rest of their lives.
“This is very important,” said Michael Teasley, president of the JSU NAACP chapter. “We can use the Scott Sisters case to bring light and raise awareness about the injustices that has been conflicting Mississippi for decades. We are in an era of mass incarceration when we should be trying to educate and not incarcerate.”
The “Meet the Scott Sisters” event will be followed by a Community Strategy Session at 6 p.m., also in the JSU Liberal Arts Building, room 266. For more information contact Michael Teasley at 662-528-6363.