Race and Justice in America

Bryan Stevenson

Monday, 29 Jan 2018 at 8:00 pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Doors open at 7:15. Enter through West Lobby/Sun Room

Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Stevenson's memoir Just Mercy is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the front lines against extreme punishments and careless justice. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. Stevenson will also be speaking about EJI’s Lynching in America Project and the need to confront the history of racial terror in this country. The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote

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Cosponsored By:
  • African & African American Studies Program
  • Ames Public Library Friends Foundation
  • Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Design Lectures and Exhibits Committee
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Division of Student Affairs
  • History
  • Ivy College of Business
  • Leadership Studies Program
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Planning Committee
  • Political Science
  • University Library
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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