Disaster Has Struck

Eric H

Crisis: The two towns of Jasper

The crisis within the film of The Two Towns of Jasper was the brutal killing of James Byrd. The reason this was such a crisis is because James Byrd was a black man that was killed by three white men. This affected the community by starting a bigger dispute between the two races and then in the end making then closer.

Crisis: James Brown

The crisis that involved James Brown was the death of Martin Luther King Jr. His death caused a crisis that effected cities everywhere. James Brown was an example of healing the shock that shocked all blacks. His music expressed the feelings of people who were stunned by the crisis of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death.

Martin Luther King and James Brown

The day MLK died tragedy struck the city of Boston. When the city heard the news of MLK's assassination riots had sparked and the city was roaring in anger. During the time of the riots there was a man who spoke for the people, that man was James Brown. After MLK's death James Brown had a concert scheduled at the Garden. If it had not been canceled all of the people that were attending his concert would have caused and outrageous riot leading to mayhem. The concert was cancelled by Mayor White. White convinced public television station WGBH to carry the concert on short notice, but convincing James Brown took some doing. Due to a non-compete agreement relating to an upcoming televised concert, Brown stood to lose roughly $60,000 if his Boston show were televised. Ever the savvy businessman, James Brown made his financial needs known to Mayor White, who made the very wise decision to meet them.

The Two Towns of Jasper

The two towns of Jasper was involved in an incident occurring in there town on June 7th, 1998. The incident that occurred was the killing of James Byrd Jr. Byrd's murderers were three white men Shawn Berry, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and John King. These three men dragged Byrd for three miles behind a pick-up truck along an asphalt road.


Question: In the two towns of Jasper there are two sections, the black and white. After trials towards James Byrd s killers Shawn Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John King the two towns united and became a what.
Answer: Community.
Question: In the town of Jasper Texas there is a graveyard with a fence that was taken down in 1999. When this fence was up it represented what/
Answer: Color lines very clearly drawn.
Question: When James Brown was going to perform at the Garden in Boston, the mayor Kevin White made him stream his performance live on Tv rather than performing at the Garden. The mayor did this because he feared that riots would break out and the city would be chaotic. The mayor did this to prevent matters becoming worse representing what?
Answer: The healing affect.
Question: In Jasper, Texas what were the blacks and whites disagreeing on?
Answer: Race relations.

Essential Question and Answer

Question: What role do leaders play in shaping the way a community responds to a crisis and in preventing other crises?
-Community Leader: Walter Diggles
Community leaders prevent crisis's from happening. Leaders like Walter Diggles prevent crisis's from happening by getting the law involved if neccesssary and to make everything well.
-In the incident involving MLK's death James Brown played at the Garden but Mayor Kevin White canceled the performance and made James Brown stream his performance live. The mayor did this to prevent riots and to prevent a crisis from out breaking.
-No matter what community the should be a leader to prevent a crisis.
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The Three Killers of James Byrd Sentences

Lawrence Russel Brewer: Death Row
Shawn Berry: Life Sentence
John King: Death Row