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Equal Justice Initiative  Director Bryan Stevenson, Montgomery, AL


Visit LynchingInAmerica.eji.org, a storytelling project about racial terror by the Equal Justice Initiative and Google.
Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. This is his story.

On July 28, 1917, 10,000 African American people silently marched through New York City in one of America's first mass protests of lynching and other anti-black violence. Today's @google doodle commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Silent Parade. Thank you @google for helping to raise awareness about the legacy of racial injustice. It is important to confront the truth of our history.

An exhibit on EJI's lynching work opened yesterday at the @brooklynmuseum, and will run through September 3.
In collaboration with @google, the exhibit presents EJI’s research into racial terror lynchings and connects it to artworks and archival material from the museum’s collections.

Through audio stories and short documentaries like Uprooted, visitors will experience a detailed examination of the tragic legacy of racial terror and lynching in America and its continuing impact on families and issues today. #eji #google #lynchinginamerica #uprooted

Lynching in America is meant to foster an honest discussion about our history of racial injustice so that we can better understand the implications of our past for addressing the challenges of the present. We hope that you will visit the website (link in bio) and share these stories with others. #eji #google #lynchinginamerica

EJI is excited to announce today's official launch of Lynching in America, a new interactive digital experience created in partnership with @google (link in bio). #eji #google #lynchinginamerica

Construction is underway in Montgomery, Alabama, on our new racial justice museum, which will explore America's legacy of slavery, racial terror, segregation, and mass incarceration. Please visit the link in our bio for more information.
#eji #ahistoryofracialinjustice #slaveryevolved #fromenslavementtomassincarceration #montgomery #alabama

At our annual benefit dinner on Wednesday, EJI honored Debbie Berkovits, who championed the release of Ian Manuel, who shot her during a robbery attempt when he was 13 years old. EJI recognized Ms. Berkovits's extraordinary act of forgiveness and also celebrated 16 clients who stand as remarkable witnesses for the power of hope, redemption, and reconciliation.

The effort to reduce American slavery to a benign, romantic institution is a deeply rooted tradition. After the Civil War, Southern whites used power reacquired through violence and discrimination to construct a false narrative about slavery. They dominated public memory by erecting tax-funded monuments that glorify the Confederacy. By this retelling, the Confederate cause was noble, the war was not about slavery, and enslaved people were happy, loyal, and should be remembered for their faithfulness to slaveholders.

American slavery was always dehumanizing and barbaric, and was often bloody, brutal, and violent. Enslaved people were chained, beaten, humiliated, and denigrated in every conceivable way. The effort to deny these truths continues a historical effort to deny humanity.
#eji #ahistoryofracialinjustice

The eight people lynched in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, were victims of racial terrorism that aimed to restore white supremacy while denying black people the rights of citizenship and the protection of the law. EJI believes that truthfully acknowledging this history is vital to healing and reconciliation. This week, EJI dedicated a historical marker in Tuscaloosa to the eight victims who were lynched in the county between 1884 and 1933.
#eji #ahistoryofracialinjustice #slaveryevolved #tuscaloosa #alabama

"It is all of our responsibility to make our society one of justice for all." - Mark Zuckerberg, after he and Priscilla Chan met with Anthony Ray Hinton and Bryan Stevenson of EJI.

Please join EJI in wishing Ian Manuel a Happy New Year outside of prison for the first time in 26 years! Ian was only 13 when sentenced to life without parole.
With few contacts on the outside, Ian reached out to the shooting victim, Debbie Berkovits, to ask for her forgiveness, which she gave. A remarkable relationship emerged in which Ms. Berkovits became a supporter for a reduced sentence for Ian. At last month's sentencing hearing, Ian told the court that he and Ms. Berkovits had been "waiting for the justice system to catch up to my remorse and her forgiveness." Ten years ago, EJI took on Ian's case as part of its effort to end excessive punishment of children. EJI ultimately won major victories in the United States Supreme Court requiring states to resentence children condemned to die in prison and banning life without parole for children like Ian who were convicted of nonhomicides. After multiple hearings and appeals, Ian was released from prison after 26 years of imprisonment.

EJI is now supporting Ian's transition home through our PREP (Post-Release Education and Preparation) program, which was developed specifically for people like Ian who entered prison when they were children. Since being released in November Ian has been working at EJI through PREP's employment training program. He is pictured here helping with the distribution of our Racial Injustice Calendar. Ian has so much to offer and we are thrilled to have him with us as he begins building his future. Congratulations Ian!

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