“To hold that piece of paper brought tears to my eyes.”
Keyon Harrison, an African American 16-year-old, was doing nothing wrong as he walked home from school on a spring day in Grand Rapids. But a police officer thought he looked “suspicious” — so the officer stopped Harrison, questioned, searched him and took his photograph and fingerprints.
For more than a year, Detroiter Theodore Rice has been in court battling to remain in the place he’s called home for more than a quarter century.
I remember listening to my father’s small black radio, tuned to NPR, as I got ready for my journalism classes on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.