Thursday, August 4, 2016

Conversations from Death Row: Keith LaMar Talks with childhood friend Sherman Whaley

[Update: Audio of this conversation is online here. The next Conversations from Death Row will be on Tuesday, Sep 13 from 5:30-6:30 EST. Keith will be calling in to Dr Paul Gordiejew's anthropology master's class. They will be talking about race and place.] 

Topic: Who did we become? Reconnecting after 30 long years...

On Tuesday August 9th, at 8:00 Eastern, folks across the country are invited to listen in on an interactive phone call with Ohio death row inmate Keith LaMar. His childhood best friend, Sherman Whaley, with whom he recently reconnected after 30 years of lost contact, will be on the call with Keith. Their talk will focus on how deep connections with other people, particularly those from our formative years, can impact a person's sense of self and ultimately shape who he becomes. The two will share what it has meant finding eachother back after a long search, as well as what they find valuable and important in their lives today and the communities from which they came.

Listeners are invited to join the conversation as a telephone audience for the hour-long call and also to send in live questions. Here's how:

• Listen in on your own via streaming audio online at-

• If you can't get online, use this call-in number: 641-715-3580, access code: 583063. The number of callers at once is limited. You will be muted during the call.

• During the call, questions can be communicated to Keith by sending them via email to: or to the page "Justice for Keith LaMar" on Facebook.

• You can also follow and participate in the conversation via Twitter through @FreeKeithLaMar.
About Keith LaMar:

Keith LaMar is a death row prisoner in Ohio. He has been in prison for 27 years now. In 2013, Keith published his own story, Condemned: the whole story (, wherein he aims to explain how he not only ended up in prison, but ultimately would be placed onto Ohio’s death row. More importantly, Condemned talks about how Keith found his way back to himself even from the darkness of solitary confinement with the love of friends and family.

The Ohio prison system has systematically made Keith’s life unbearable, holding him indefinitely in a sensory deprivation cell for some 23 years now, in spite of having no justification to do so. He was unable to touch his family for 18 years, until he eventually gained the right to (semi) contact visits after embarking on a hunger strike in 2011. Keith recently lost his federal appeal and was denied the right to be heard by the US Supreme Court. He awaits the assignment of his execution date.

The Campaign for Justice for Keith LaMar continues to fight side by side with Keith and asks others to join us. Keith will be calling in from the Super­max penitentiary in Youngstown, Ohio. All are welcome to join the call, listen in, ask questions, and show their solidarity.

More info at:
Facebook: Justice for Keith LaMar
Twitter: @FREEKeithLaMar
Documentary on Keith:

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