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On Thursday, March 31st, the College of Charleston will welcome Bryan Stevenson for a lecture
On Thursday, March 31st, the College of Charleston will welcome Bryan Stevenson for a lecture on American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference. Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His presentation, Stevenson will speak about defending some of America’s most marginalized people. The stories he will tell are heartbreaking, yet inspiring, and will motivate audiences to make a change.
Stevenson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction. He was also named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2015. Stevenson is a tenured law professor at the New York University School of Law. His memoir, Just Mercy, is he story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice.
This speaker series is presented by the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) at the College of Charleston. The RSJI’s mission is to promote public awareness and dialogue about race and social justice issues in the Charleston area, the state of South Carolina, and beyond.
In late June 2015, the Avery Research Center, Addlestone Library, African American Studies, and the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative at the College of Charleston received a major grant from Google to launch the RSJI in response to recent tragic events in the Charleston area. With this support, RSJI is working with numerous partners to facilitate public events, exhibitions, and various projects that promote awareness of the history and ongoing struggles of racial injustice throughout the United States. To stay connected as new events and projects develop through the RSJI, please visit go.cofc.edu/rsji.
Join us on Thursday, March 31, at 6:00 PM at the Sottile Theatre for Bryan Stevenson’s Lecture and Book Signing. This event is free and open to the public.