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Tavis Smiley

Stanley "Tookie" Williams (#593)

Tavis Smiley will air a conversation with former gang leader and death row inmate Stanley "Tookie" Williams. The interview will be taped in Tavis' radio studio with Mr. Williams on the phone from San Quentin prison, where no cameras are allowed. Mr. Williams is scheduled to die by lethal injection on December13th unless Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger intervenes. Williams was the co-founder in 1971 of the Los Angeles Crips gang. In 1981 he was convicted of murdering four people during two robberies and sentenced to death row at San Quentin state prison. Williams deeply regrets his gang involvement but has always maintained his innocence of these crimes. While on death row, Williams has written 9 highly acclaimed children's books that educate young people to avoid gangs, crime and incarceration. He has also worked to end gang violence through his peace protocol and Internet project for street peace, an international peer-mentoring program. He has recently published his memoir, Blue Rage, Black Redemption, which has been nominated for a James Madison book award. His work has resulted in multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace and literature prizes. This summer the President of the United States recognized William's work when he received a presidential award for his volunteer work to help youth. Stan's story was also recently made into a television movie, "Redemption: the Stan Tookie Williams story, " starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Tavis Smiley, the first African American to have his own signature talk show on NPR, hosts a new late-night television talk show - a hybrid of news, issues and entertainment, featuring interviews with newsmakers, politicians, celebrities and real people.

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