Northwestern University Center on Wrongful Convictions -- Clyde Kennard

Subject: Memorandum in Support of Application for Clemency of Clyde Kennard
Themes: Public Officials Civil Rights 21st Century 20th Century Prison Pipeline
Age groups: High School
Resource type: Websites

The Center on Wrongful Convictions at the Northwestern University Law School compiled the legal arguments in favor of Clyde Kennard's exoneration. This is a fascinating look at all the puzzle pieces that were required to finally clear Kennard's name and restore his "rightful place in history."

From the CWC website: [F]orty-six years after the wrongful conviction...the Center on Wrongful Convictions has joined with the Adlai Stevenson High School National History Day Club of Lincolnshire, Illinois, in pursuit of a posthumous pardon for Kennard. In a memorandum filed with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, the Center asserts that Kennard's wrongful conviction also robbed him of his rightful place in history. Instead of being honored as a hero of Mississippi's civil rights movement along with Medgar Evers and James Meredith, Kennard was relegated to a footnote in history until the case was investigated in 1991 by reporter Jerry Mitchell of the Clarion Ledger.

READ THE FULL MEMORANDUM HERE.

READ THE ACCOMPANYING EXHIBITS HERE.