Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells, a fearless advocate and journalist, once said, “If this work can contribute in any way toward proving this, and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American people to a demand for justice to every citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have done my race a service.” 

Joyce King with Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson in Dallas for SMU Tate-Lecture Series

To learn more about lynching, historical markers, and the great oral history, visit the Equal Justice Initiative at and support the work of civil rights lawyer, Bryan Stevenson. This piece, from September 2016, mentions Stevenson and some of Joyce’s thoughts on Jasper and lynching.

How can we confront the history of lynching?

Joyce King was the first non-lawyer to serve on the executive board of directors for the Innocence Project of Texas. She was privileged to work with more than a dozen exonerated men, educating the public, raising awareness on wrongful convictions, and changing legislation, including her work to help pass The Timothy Cole Compensation Law

Two men—James Woodard and Glenn Ford—one from Texas and the other from Louisiana, both asked Joyce to continue her work of reviewing wrongful and questionable convictions,

James Woodard

James Woodard

to continue her work challenging officials to install policies that help prevent injustices while rooting out corrupt prosecutors. 

Woman Honors Life of Exonerated Man Despite Difficulties

James served 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. In 2008, James became the “17th Dallas man” exonerated by DNA. His story was shared on 60 Minutes. Tragically, James Woodard died in 2012.

Glenn Ford

Glenn Ford

Glenn served 30 years on death row at Angola for a murder he did not commit. In 2014, Glenn was exonerated by new information. His case was featured on 60 Minutes.

Sadly, Glenn Ford died in 2015.

Joyce King is keeping her promise to both.


The success of conviction integrity units exonerating innocent inmates proves every county should have one