FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2010
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Gina Logue, 615-898-5081, or WMOT-FM, 615-898-2800
ANTI-DEATH PENALTY MOVEMENT TOPIC OF "MTSU ON THE RECORD"
Publication Documents Attempts to Outlaw Capital Punishment in Tennessee
(MURFREESBORO) – Tennessee’s New Abolitionists, a book chronicling the history of anti-death penalty activism in Tennessee, is the subject of “MTSU on the Record” with host Gina Logue at 8 a.m. this Sunday, April 18, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and wmot.org).
Logue’s guests are Dr. Amy Sayward, chair of the MTSU Department of History and co-editor of the book, and Rev. Stacy Rector, executive director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
Slated for release in May from the University of Tennessee Press, Abolitionists contains entries on numerous topics, including the execution of the mentally ill, legal representation in death penalty cases, judicial independence in capital cases, news media coverage of capital punishment, and perspectives from corrections officials, spiritual counselors, and relatives of the inmates and the victims.
Dr. Sekou M. Franklin, political science, penned one of the entries in the book, “The New South’s Abolitionist Governor: Frank G. Clement’s Attempt to Abolish the Death Penalty.”
To hear last week’s program on the debut of Dr. Bob Pondillo’s award-winning independent film “The New, True Charlie Wu,” go to go to http://frank.mtsu.edu/~proffice/podcast2010.html and click on “April 11, 2010.” For more information about “MTSU on the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.
With three Nobel Prize winners among its alumni and former faculty, Middle Tennessee State University confers master’s degrees in 10 areas, the Specialist in Education degree, the Doctor of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. MTSU is ranked among the top 100 public universities in the nation in the Forbes “America’s Best Colleges” 2009 survey.