Old Time Journal
April 18, 2014
About the Rex Theatre
Tom Robinson Stands Trial!
On August 25, 1935, in Maycomb, Alabama, a black man named Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Mr. Atticus, lawyer of Mr. Robinson, called up Bob Ewell for questioning. Thing went very odd down in the courtroom and thing became very tense in the air. Mr. Atticus had asked Mr. Ewell to see which hand he wrote with. Was Mr. Atticus trying to make fun of Mr. Ewell? But things began to progress into more serious matters after Mr. Ewell stepped down.
As Mr. Gilmer, mayella lawyer, called up Tom Robinson. “Have you ever helped, Mayella before.” asked Mr. Gilmer. “Why, yes sir, I did.” said Tom. “Why?” asked again Mr. Gilmer. But then a sudden shock Tom has said. “I felt bad for her sir.” thus claiming he felt bad for a white woman. What will happen now to Tom?
Letter Written Back By Mr. White
Letter to the First Lady
THE WHITE HOUSE
March 21, 1936
Dear Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt:
I understand how you feel. Lynching is a very serious matter to me. It shouldn’t be a question of education. It should automatically be removed. The only reason we have lynching is to get rid of all the blacks. The President needs to know that lynching is just wrong. I hope you can change his mind.
I know this is very hard to do, but it must be done. It may be a terrible thing to stand by, but it is the right thing to stand by. I am working on talking to the more prominent members of the Senate, but when they find out it’s about the Jim Crow laws, they will not listen to what I have to say.
Very sincerely yours,Mr. Walter White
To the Editor
I feel that the Jim Crow laws should be removed. It states in the Declaration of Independence in the second paragraph:“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” If this says this in Constitution then why do we lash out to people who are colored. If a white man rapes a black woman he would say he came on to her and he would be innocent not the woman. If a white man were to murder a black man he would be congratulated while the black mans family suffers of a lost.
We treat colors terribly and that should change. Lynching blacks is horrible especially when they do nothing. Recently we lynched a black man for speaking back at a white man. What if a white man spoke out what do we do nothing. I would love to see one day we could all come together and eventually get along.
This needs to stop. It is becoming worse by the year. There was already a 56 lynching this month. Please help us stop this crime that keeps hurting everyone around us.
Mrs. McKenna Sellers