About Teach Troy
Georgia Death Row prisoner Troy Davis was executed by the State of Georgia on Wednesday, September 21 despite overwhelming doubts about his guilt. His official time of death was 11:08 p.m. (eastern time).
We put this emergency curriculum together very quickly over a weekend in an attempt to make sure that Troy’s story got out to more educators and students. Educators for Troy —a Chicago-based ad hoc group of educators, activists and artists— was formed to call on all educators to interrupt their regular teaching schedules during the week of September 12th to dedicate a class period to “Teach Troy.”
We asked educators to please use this emergency “Teach Troy” curriculum to educate your students about the case of Troy Davis. We provided links to readings and videos about Troy’s case in addition to suggestions for student projects and assignments. We also included a page that allowed your students to take some simple independent actions to help save Troy’s life. Unfortunately everyone’s collective efforts around the world were not enough to convince the state of Georgia to spare Troy’s life. However as Troy wrote in a letter on September 11th: “Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!”
We will heed Troy’s words and keep this blog up. We invite educators to keep “Teaching Troy.” We have updated the TAKE ACTION section with resources for students who might want to join the fight against the Death Penalty. We hope that they will do this in Troy’s name.
Please feel free to share your experiences here on the “Teach Troy” blog (on the Feedback page) and ask your students to do the same. Educators and students can also e-mail their work to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep an archive of all contributions here on this blog.