Friday, January 7, 2011

Scott Sisters Are Free: They're Golden (Video)

Soledad O'Brien did one of the best interviews I've seen with Jamie and Gladys Scott since their release. They talked about the kidney donation; Gladys reiterated that she wanted to donate a kidney as far back as January 2010, and Jamie said she and Gladys refuse to let bitterness consume them. They also answered questions about how race played a role in their convictions for a crime they maintain they did not commit.



In this video from the Clarion Ledger's story, Jamie Scott says she even thanks Haley Barbour. She is grateful to everyone.



And here is a very calm Nancy Lockhart talking about the release to a television reporter.



This next video of the Scott Sisters speaking at their press conference today shows Gladys Scott saying she loves her sister and that she didn't need a deal to donate her kidney. Jamie Scott, who said in other videos that all the activity has weakened her some, talks about how Gladys stays after her to take her insulin when she's supposed to.



The following video is the one of few embeddable online so far that I've found of longer clips from the Scott Sister's press conference. The sound is not high quality, and part of what they said is missing, but at least it's available.

Also, at WAPTTV's YouTube Channel, you can watch higher quality clips such as their attorney Chokwe Lumumba saying he thinks Gov. Haley Barbour freed the sisters for the sake of his presidential aspirations, but he's still grateful. There's also the one you'll see if you click this link of Jamie Scott thanking Nancy Lockhart and all those who've supported her and Gladys. She said even if you colored a poster, she thanks you because "every little help helped."

It's also been reported that Jamie has been playing with a cell phone a lot, marveling at this piece of technology that was not in use easily when she went to prison in 1994. Both sisters are grateful for being released. They say they don't hold grudges and those who have not told the truth to put them in prison will have to come to terms with that themselves. They proclaimed their innocence, but did not talk about the conditions at the prison. See video here at WLBT.



Update: The Scott Sisters are free. They have left the prison in Pearl, Miss., near Jackson, and are on their way to Pensacola, Fla., now to be with their mother, Evelyn Rasco, and their children, reports CNN. They may have a press conference and speak out later today, but there are some concerns that Mississippi authorities won't like that. Here is the video report with footage of them riding quietly away from the prison complex. (Photos from AP and Clarion Ledger)



Today marks the first day of freedom for the Scott Sisters of Mississippi. Today they will be released from prison. I've already written a lot about their struggle. So, now I simply dedicate this song, "Golden" by Jill Scott. The singer is not related to the sisters, but her words are apropos. Lyrics follow the video. (The photo here is of Jamie Scott with her grandchildren.)

Essentially Jamie and Gladys Scott, who are both mothers, will be on parole for life unless Gov. Haley Barbour or the next governor of Mississippi pardons them. It's my understanding that there are fees associated with being on parole, but today, I won't think about that. I'll just send prayers and good thoughts to them, hoping that they have a beautiful day only focused on greeting supporters and spending precious time with their family.



"Golden"
Lyrics by Jill Scott as posted at Sing365.

[Intro:]
Heyyy, Ohh, Heyyy, Yeah, Ohh, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeahhhh

[Verse 1]
I'm taking my freedom,
Pulling it off the shelf,
Putting it on my chain,
Wear it around my neck,
I'm taking my freedom,
Putting it in my car,
Wherever I choose to go,
It will take me far,

[Chorus]
I'm livin' my life like it's golden
Livin' my life like it's golden, [X3]
Livin' my life like it's golden, golden,
Livin' my life like it's golden, [X4]
Livin' my life like it's golden, golden,

[Verse 2]
I'm taking my own freedom
Putting it in my song,
Singing loud and strong,
Grooving all day long,
I'm taking my freedom,
Putting it in my stroll,
I'll be high-steppin' y'all,
Letting the joy unfold,

[Chorus]

I'm holding on to my freedom,
Can't take it from me,
I was born into it,
It comes naturally,
I'm strumming my own freedom,
Playing the god in me,
Representing his glory,
Hope he's proud of me,

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
I'm living my life like its golden, golden, golden, golden, golden, golden, [X2]

[Chorus]

[Jill Scott:]
Livin' my life like it's golden,
It really matters to me, Ohhh

1 comment:

Janet Caldwell said...

Wow, Love, Hugs & Prayers for The Scott sisters. Free at last, woo-hoo! I am praying though, what a terrible thing to go through and then to come out all of these yrs later. Wow, it is mind boggling. God bless them! xx

PS. I love Jill Scott. LOL xx