Korey Wise and Lashunda Scales talk National Innocence Project


MAGIC CITY CLASSIC HAS GROWN FROM A WEEKEND FOOTBALL GAME, TO A FULL WEEK OF FESTIVITIES TO INCLUDE COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT SESSIONS. AMONG THE MANY EVENTS THIS WEEK IS ONE PRESENTED BY THE DANNON PROJECT AND THE JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSION CALLED THE SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE. JOINING US THIS MORNING TO TALK ABOUT THE KICK-OFF OF THE NATIONAL INNOCENCE PROJECT TOUR IS JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER PRESIDENT PRO- TEM LASHUNDA SCALES AND KOREY WISE, ONE OF THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, NOW KNOWN AS THE EXONERATED FIVE. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING WITH US. COMMISSIONER OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE TRAGIC DEVELOPMENTS IN THE KAMILLE MCKINNEY KIDNAPPING, LET ME GIVE YOU A MOMENT TO RESPOND. #2 KOREY, I WILL GET TO YOU IN JUST A MOMENT, BUT COMMISSIONER TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF TONIGHT’S EVENT AT 16TH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH. #3 KOREY’S STORY AS ONE OF THE EXONERATED FIVE UNFOLDED IN A GRIPPING NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY THAT WAS A CAUTIONARY TALE OF INJUSTICE THREE DECADES AFTER HE AND FOUR OTHERS WERE WRONGLY IMPRISIONED FOR A CENTRAL PARK RAPE – TAKE A LOOK AT THIS CLIP. Music. they said that if I went I along with I could go home. That’s all I wanted. The police will do anything. Lie on us. Lock us up. They will kill us. This is my life (music) I don’t think we should admit to something we didn’t do. OK, keep fighting. AFTER LIVING THROUGH THAT KOREY, NOW YOU ARE KICKING OFF THIS NATIONAL TOUR HERE IN BIRMINGHAM WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW? #4 KOREY YOU SERVED TIME AS AN ADULT IN RIKERS ISLAND UNTIL ANOTHER INMATE CONFESSED AND ALL OF YOU WERE FREED AT DIFFERENT TIMES, THAT WAS 30 YEARS AGO, BUT THERE IS STILL A NEED FOR THE INNOCENCE PROJECT STILL FIGHTING FOR CASES LIKE THAT TODAY? #5 COMMISSIONER SCALES, WHAT KIND OF BACKDROP DOES THE MAGIC CITY CLASSIC PROVIDE FOR A TOUR OF THIS NATURE? KOREY WISE AND OTHERS WILL BE AT 16TH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH TONIGHT FOR THE SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE. DOORS OPEN AT 5PM. IT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC. I WILL SERVE AS THE MODERATOR. WE HAVE A LOT TO UNPACK TONIGHT AT THE SYMPOSIUM. THANK YOU BOTH FOR COMING IN. LET’S GET A QUICK CHECK OF WEATHER AND TRAFFIC, STARTING WITH NATE.

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