In 1981 the trial of Josephus Andersonan, an African American charged with the murder of a white policeman, took place in Mobile. At the end of the case the jury was unable to reach a verdict. This upset members of the Ku Klux Klan who believed that the reason for this was that some members of the jury were African Americans. At a meeting held after the trial, Bennie Hays, the second-highest ranking official in the Klan in Alabama said: “If a black man can get away with killing a white man, we ought to be able to get away with killing a black man.”
Nineteen-year-old Michael Donald was on his way to the store in 1981 when two members of the United Klans of America ( Bennie Hays’s son, Henry Hays, and James Knowles) abducted him, beat him, cut his throat and hung his body from a tree on a residential street in Mobile, Ala.
A short investigation took place with the local police claiming that Donald had been murdered over a disagreement with a drugs deal. Donald’s mother, Beulah Mae Donald, knowing her son didn’t involve himself with drugs, was determined to get justice. She contacted Jessie Jackson who came to Mobile and led a protest march about the failed police investigation.

In 1981 the trial of Josephus Andersonan, an African American charged with the murder of a white policeman, took place in Mobile. At the end of the case the jury was unable to reach a verdict. This upset members of the Ku Klux Klan who believed that the reason for this was that some members of the jury were African Americans. At a meeting held after the trial, Bennie Hays, the second-highest ranking official in the Klan in Alabama said: “If a black man can get away with killing a white man, we ought to be able to get away with killing a black man.”

Nineteen-year-old Michael Donald was on his way to the store in 1981 when two members of the United Klans of America ( Bennie Hays’s son, Henry Hays, and James Knowles) abducted him, beat him, cut his throat and hung his body from a tree on a residential street in Mobile, Ala.

A short investigation took place with the local police claiming that Donald had been murdered over a disagreement with a drugs deal. Donald’s mother, Beulah Mae Donald, knowing her son didn’t involve himself with drugs, was determined to get justice. She contacted Jessie Jackson who came to Mobile and led a protest march about the failed police investigation.

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