Feb 172011
Authors: Courtney Riley

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 friends’ 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, “10 Perfect: A Lynching Survivor’s Story,” 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 Indiana’s State Director of the Office of Civil Liberties for eight years and established America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee in 1988.

The presentation of “10 Perfect: A Lynching Survivor’s Story” 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 she’s really looking forward to the event.

“It’s important for us to remember where we came from and educate others,” she said. “This is a story I haven’t even heard.”
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 isn’t considered.

“I think it’s important for everyone to see it, not just African Americans,” she said. “Everyone should come out.”
Staff writer Courtney Riley can be reached at news@collegian.com. _

Attend the play

  • What: One-man play: “10 Perfect: A Lynching Survivor’s Story”
  • When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
  • Where: The Lory Student Center Theatre
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