This is an excerpt from an informational packet about the Scottsboro Boys. In this trial, 9 black boys were accused of assault by 2 white females. Ultimately, all 9 boys are convicted in one way or another. This quote really moves me because of how similar it is to something Atticus Finch would say in To Kill a Mockingbird. It moves me even moreso because Samuel Leibowitz was a real guy-a real-life, really good lawyer, who took this case out of a protection of the sheer humanity of these men. He, like Atticus, knew that he would lose.
There are a lot of things that I attempt to do in my life that I likely won't succeed at in a short amount of time. I spent two years in the south trying to fight the achievement gap, and I spent years trying to make theatre the cool kid thing to do. Like these men, I begin the tasks anyway, even knowing that I'll lose... because like Atticus and Samuel--it has to