Delbert Tibbs was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit in 1974. -- Tibbs will talk about his harrowing experience and about the death penalty on Mon., Oct. 14, at King's Books in Tacoma (218 St. Helens Ave.) after a screening of some of "One for Ten," a documentary series that features his case. -- This event is sponsored by the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. -- BACKGROUND: This case inspired Pete Seeger to write the song "Delbert Tibbs," and part of Tibbs's story is featured in the film (and stage play) "The Exonerated," where Tibbs is played by actor Delroy Lindo....
WHAT: Talk on the death penalty
WHO: Delbert Tibbs -- sponsored by the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
WHEN: Monday, October 14, 2013 -- 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402
Join the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty as we welcome death row exoneree Delbert Tibbs. We will screen part of the documentary series "One For Ten," which features Delbert’s story. Following the screening, Delbert will speak about his experiences and in support of death penalty repeal.
Delbert Tibbs, a former seminary student from Chicago, was traveling in Florida February 1974 when he was stopped by the state police and questioned about the rape of 16-year-old girl and the murder of her traveling companion. Despite his difference in appearance, the girl claimed Tibbs was the killer. An all-white jury returned a guilty verdict against Tibbs in less than two days and he was given a death sentence. Celebrities such as Joan Baez and Pete Seeger got involved and raised money for the Delbert Tibbs Defense Committee. The Florida State Supreme Court finally overturned his conviction by a 4-3 vote and the District Attorney dropped the case in 1982. Delbert lives in Chicago, writes poetry, and travels around the country telling his story and reciting his poetry. He is an Assistant Director of Membership and Training for Witness to Innocence.