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Poet to be executed at 5p.m. TODAY -- PLEASE TAKE A FEW SECONDS [US]:
Updated: 46-year-old Grayson, pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m.

Darrell Grayson, poet and prisoner for 26 years now, is scheduled to be executed today at 5 PM in the state of Alabama. Please add your voice to stay his execution. The why’s are below. Quick easy info here though – please make ONE PHONE CALL that is pain-free:


THE HONORABLE GOVERNOR BOB RILEY
State Capitol
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130


No time left to write!!
Call: (334) 242 7100
Fax: 334-353-0004


A note about phoning the Governor's Office: If you can do this in addition to writing, that is wonderful. If you can only call and not write, * please call *. It is a very easy process. Call (334) 242-7100. Tell the person answering who you are, where you live, and say something like ** "Please count me as having called to ask the Governor to halt the execution of Darrell Grayson." ** They WILL count you and you will find them courteous. They will not engage you in argument, nor will they expect or need you to elaborate. That is best handled in writing.

FAX: 334 242 0937
Website: http://www.governor.state.al.us
Email form: http://www.governor.state.al.us/contact.htm

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BIO:

Darrell B. Grayson was raised in Montevallo, Alabama with eleven siblings in a single parent household. He dropped out of school in the ninth grade. At age 19, and with no prior criminal history, he was convicted and received the death penalty from an all white jury. He has been on Death Row at Holman Prison in Atmore, Alabama since 1982. After some years of severe depression, which he describes as spending flat on his back, the death of his mother brought about the decision to better himself. He began to write commentary and poetry and received his GED and Associate Science degree. In 1994 he became active in Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty, an organization founded and operated by Death Row inmates. In 2000 he became its chairman. He edits and assembles Wings of Hope, the Project Hope newsletter, with primitive equipment in the prison.

Darrell Grayson’s poetry, which he describes as "a contagion of insecurities,” has appeared in Axis of Logic, Right Hand Pointing, The Dead Mule, Wings of Hope, and elsewhere. He has written three chapbooks of poetry from prison.

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DARRELL GRAYSON'S STATEMENT
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