Courtesy of Harpo Studios & The Oprah Winfrey Show
In January 2003, Joyce King was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show at Harpo Studios in Chicago. Her primary thesis, from June 1998 to 2018, remains the same: “Justice can open the door to healing.”
When the hardback of Hate Crime was first released in 2002, Joyce was harshly critiqued for writing a book that almost no one wanted to read. She heard from countless Americans who judged her, judged the book, by the title alone. Now, the time has come to read, and better understand, this compelling true story.
Joyce did not rely on news articles and second-hand accounts of what happened to James Byrd, Jr. in the early hours of Sunday, June 7, 1998. She covered all three “dragging trials” of the men accused in one of the most horrific modern-day crimes in history. “If my readers have the courage to start page one, I can guarantee them one thing,” King said. “And, that is, they are never alone in this book.”
After the 2003 release of the paperback, Joyce was invited to Chicago to participate in the show Oprah taped on Jasper, Texas. Not only did Joyce King deliver the truth, she remains friends, to this day, with Jasper County Sheriff Billy Rowles.
This segment from The Oprah Winfrey Show was kept in a vault for 15 years and only released in 2017. Please watch.