Just Walk Beside Me

Today, June 12 2013, is Willie Manning’s 45th birthday, the nineteenth birthday he has spent behind bars on death row. This day is unlikely to be marked by any change of routine – Willie will have the usual challenges of death row existence to face. He will, however, know that many people are supporting him, and this will no doubt give him strength.

On this website you can now see in the ‘News Coverage’ section examples of news articles and TV and radio programs about Willie: they demonstrate clearly how media interest about Willie grew around the time of his scheduled execution date of May 7 2013. At about that time people from 57 countries* visited this website, united by their wish to find out about Willie’s cases and the decisions that had been made about them.

As Willie wrote recently when learning how much support he had:

“What I’ve had to experience in my own life, and a lot that I’ve seen happening around the world, are things that I can’t understand. It seems like bad things are just going to happen regardless. But yet, there are so many good people in this world.”

With uncertainty about the Mississippi Supreme Court’s intentions continuing to hang over him, the friendship of many of those good people will sustain him on what is likely to be his most stressful birthday yet.

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”  Albert Camus

*Visitors came to this website from USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts, Bahamas, Ireland, UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Estonia, Russian Federation, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Angola, South Africa, Uganda, Israel, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Republic of Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand

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