What's Next for Troy Davis' Nephew?

One of The Root's 2011 Young Futurists, De'Jaun Davis-Correia, reflects on his challenging year.

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"We were fighting for fairness and respect."

Since the deaths in his family, De'Jaun has begun to build a life for himself. A senior in high school, he is interning at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., which designs and develops business jet aircraft, and living with his aunt, Kimberly Davis. He will graduate in June and hopes to attend Georgia Tech, where he plans to major in industrial engineering with a focus on research and development.

Regardless of his educational future, he has no intention of slowing his activism. If he is accepted into Georgia Tech, he will volunteer with Amnesty International in Atlanta and work with the city's NAACP branch.

But it's education first. That is what his mother wanted.

While his schoolwork takes priority, he has continued writing speeches to deliver one day. Sometimes when he is angry, he writes in his journal. In the meantime, his family and others continue to bring attention to death penalty cases.

Kimberly Davis remains active in the anti-death penalty movement. Seattle-based Jen Marlowe, a filmmaker, writer and human rights advocate, is authoring a book about De'Jaun's mother.

And Cerebral Motion Entertainment has produced a 40-minute documentary, Too Much Doubt, about that fateful night in August 1989, the investigation, the prosecution of Troy Davis and what it calls "the flaws in the criminal-justice system."

De'Jaun also still talks to his uncle's lawyers and NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous.

People who know De'Jaun say that he has an indomitable spirit he inherited from his mother. (His father is not very involved in his life.) His mother, he said, was able to captivate an audience with her intellect and the way she spoke.

"She was the embodiment of resilience," said Laura Moye, death-penalty abolition campaign director for Amnesty International USA. Moye met De'Jaun and his mother in the late 1990s and was by his mother's side in her final days. Moye said that Martina Correia's spirit was strong and she held on with every breath.