More than forty years ago, Ollie Chandler was only eighteen years old when he was executed on October 18, 1963. In this memoir, Ollie’s brother and author W.C. Chandler narrates Ollie’s short life story that includes racial discrimination, a miscarriage of justice, and his untimely death.
Ollie was one of the fourteen children of John and Leatha Chandler who lived in the rural community of Clyattville, Georgia. Life was not easy for a black family living in the south. And for Ollie, life was even more difficult. Mentally challenged, he wasn’t able to finish school. But at age seventeen, Ollie was arrested for a murder he said he didn’t commit. His Blood Cries Out for Justice tells the rest of Ollie’s story—from his time in jail to his trial by an all-white jury and his subsequent death.
A moving tribute, His Blood Cries Out for Justice pays homage to this young life that was cut short. It reckons with history while also celebrating one family’s deep love and that family’s attempt to make sense of a tragedy.
W.C. Chandler currently lives in Georgia.