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Troy Davis’ last letter: Never stop fighting for justice and we will win!

September 24, 2011

Watch four videos (below) from All Things Harlem of the Day of Outrage for Troy Davis Sept. 22 in New York City

by Troy Davis

To all:

I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to human rights and human kindness. In the past year I have experienced such emotion – joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today. As I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health. But as she tells me, she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.

As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see firsthand, I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing joy. I can’t even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all. It compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis – this is a case about justice and the human spirit to see justice prevail.

I cannot answer all of your letters, but I do read them all. I cannot see you all, but I can imagine your faces. I cannot hear you speak, but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world. I cannot touch you physically, but I feel your warmth every day I exist.

Troy Davis’ family, who fought valiantly and tirelessly for his freedom from the time he was arrested 21 years ago until the state murdered him on Sept. 21, face multiple challenges. Troy quit school to help support and care for his younger sister Kim (left) when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, his older sister Martina (right) has led the fight for Troy while battling stage four breast cancer for the past decade and last year their mother (sitting beside Troy in front) died “of a broken heart,” the family said, when the U.S. Supreme Court turned down his last appeal. Troy's beloved nephew De'Jaun, who he helped raise, now 17, was the orator who electrified the crowd on execution day.
So thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form. But because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time. And no matter what happens in the days and weeks to come, this movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated.

There are so many more Troy Davises. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.

I can’t wait to stand with you. No matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing, “I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!”

Never stop fighting for justice and we will win!

Troy Davis was murdered by the state of Georgia at 11:08 p.m. Sept. 21 for the murder of a white off-duty police officer in 1989, when he was 19. During the 19-plus years he’s been on death row, seven of the nine eyewitnesses have contradicted or recanted their testimony, there never was any physical evidence tying Troy to the crime, and the doubt that he committed it is as deep and wide as the ocean. But although more than a million people signed petitions, made phone calls, sent emails and rallied all over the world to save and free Troy, everyone who could have prevented his patently wrongful execution – from the Georgia Board of Pardons to the U.S. Supreme Court – refused. To send his grieving family, who worked so hard for his freedom, your love and condolences, email


3 thoughts on “Troy Davis’ last letter: Never stop fighting for justice and we will win!

  1. Phil

    The death penalty is one of the few remaining barbarisms of the United States. Although it should be the right of the justice system to punish those who kill by incarcerating them, it should never be thought that we can avenge another person's crime by becoming murderers ourselves. Justice is flawed when we perform actions that are no better or worse than the criminals who perpetrated them.


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