Simuel Brent Schutz, Jr. Defense Committee. "Have You Ever Been One Day Late?"
In Joanne Grant (Ed.) Black Protest: History, Documents, and Analyses, 1619 to the
Present. 2nd ed. Greenwich, Connecticut: Fawcett, 1974. P. 425.
This is reprint of a pamphlet put out by the Simuel Brent Schutz, Jr. Defense Committe, in
Atlanta, GA, in December of 1966.
"Have You Ever Been One Day Late?"
Simuel Brent Schutz, Jr. Defense Committee.
"One black boy from Tuskegee, Alabama came one day late to one white draft board's induction and
one white clerk ordered him classified delinquent!
Today -- right now -- this very minute, this same black boy is serving 1,095 days in jail because
he was one day late! Yes, that's right -- one black boy came one day late and one white judge
sentenced the boy to 1,095 days (26,280 hours) in a Federal penitentiary. He was sentenced to
26,280 HOURS away from his freinds, family and loved ones.
Maybe you also have been late for an appointment.
Maybe you also have been late for an induction.
But, you should not expect a 1,095 day prison sentence for being one day late.
Unless you, like Simuel B. Schutz have tried to move black students to help black people in your
own home town.
Unless you, like Schutz, have risked death in Mississippi in 1964 as you worked for your black
people's right to free elections.
Unless you, like Schutz, have worked in 1965, 1966 in Lowndes and Macon County Alabama to help
black people there get free elections.
Unless you, like Schutz, have been strangled, threatened and jailed for 60 days because you were
opposed to the needless murder and abuse of Black G.I.'s in President Johnson's war on the
People have always been getting stangled, threatened, and jailed. You know that black men have
always been catching hell from white judges, white juries and white draft boards.
Today, Schutz has to serve 1,095 days in prison unless he can raise $2,000 dollars to appeal this
white judge's racist decision."