In August 1930, a 16-year-old African American boy was hanged from a tree with two of his friends after being accused of murder and rape in Indiana.
He witnessed his friendsâ€™ death but somehow survived after someone from the angry mob of 2,000 to 5,000 people shouted that he was not guilty.
This boy was James Cameron, a man who later became a prominent American Civil Rights activist.
His story will be presented through a one-man play, â€œ10 Perfect: A Lynching Survivorâ€™s Story,â€ written and performed by Patrick Sims, tonight at 7 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Theatre.
Cameron founded three chapters of the National Association for the Adnvancement of Colored People, NAACP, served as Indianaâ€™s State Director of the Office of Civil Liberties for eight years and established Americaâ€™s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee in 1988.
The presentation of â€œ10 Perfect: A Lynching Survivorâ€™s Storyâ€ will be put on by Black Definition in celebration of Black History Month.
Danielle McConnell, a junior communications major and president of Black Definition, said sheâ€™s really looking forward to the event.
â€œItâ€™s important for us to remember where we came from and educate others,â€ she said. â€œThis is a story I havenâ€™t even heard.â€
Kennisha Ayers, a senior health and exercise science major and vice president of Black Definition, said this presentation is important in representing Black History Month because it provides a perspective that isnâ€™t considered.
â€œI think itâ€™s important for everyone to see it, not just African Americans,â€ she said. â€œEveryone should come out.â€
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Attend the play
- What: One-man play: â€œ10 Perfect: A Lynching Survivorâ€™s Storyâ€
- When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
- Where: The Lory Student Center Theatre