Please join us on Monday, April 26 for a conversation with Anthony Ray Hinton, author and Community Educator for the Equal Justice Initiative. Mr. Hinton was wrongly convicted of two murders and spent nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row before he was exonerated in 2015. Mr. Hinton’s story is told in Bryan Stevenson’s memoir, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, and in his own bestselling memoir, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row. Mr. Hinton will lead a discussion about his own experiences and the continued fight for justice in America, followed by a Q&A.
This event is made possible in partnership with International Paper and brings together hundreds of students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members.
Anthony Ray Hinton survived for 30 years on Alabama’s death row. His story is a decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom. In 1985, Mr. Hinton was wrongfully convicted of the unsolved murders of two fast-food restaurant managers based on the testimony of ballistics experts for the State who claimed that the crime bullets came from a dusty revolver found in Mr. Hinton’s mother’s closet. Without the benefit of a competent expert to challenge the State’s theory (Mr. Hinton’s lawyer hired a ballistics expert who was blind in one eye), an all-white jury convicted Mr. Hinton and he was sentenced to death. After years of petitioning to have the revolver re-analyzed, three independent experts concluded that the bullets could not have been fired from his mother’s revolver. With the assistance of the Equal Justice Initiative, led by attorney Bryan Stevenson, Mr. Hinton was freed in 2015. Since his release, Mr. Hinton has traveled the world sharing his story and discussing the changes that need to be made to prevent similar injustices from happening to other people. In 2018, Mr. Hinton published The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and is a New York Times bestseller. In 2019, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Bonaventure University.
This event will be streamed on Youtube Live and closed captioning will be available.
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