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Equal Justice Initiative  Director Bryan Stevenson, Montgomery, AL


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.
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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.
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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.
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"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!

In partnership with the city of Gadsden and Gadsden Reads, EJI dedicated a historical marker this week to commemorate the 1906 lynching of Bunk Richardson. A crowd of 200 people gathered to hear reflections, music, and poetry before the marker was unveiled.
#eji #ahistoryofracialinjustice #justmercy #slaveryevolved #gadsden #alabama

Within steps of Confederate memorials, the marker bearing Anthony Crawford's photograph provides a different perspective on history, telling a story of racial terror and survival, and publicly declaring the previously unspoken truth of how his life ended.
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This weekend, people from near and far gathered in Abbeville, South Carolina, to commemorate and reflect upon the 100th anniversary of a tragic event: the lynching of Anthony P. Crawford. During a ceremony on Friday, family members collected soil from the site where Mr. Crawford was lynched, and a consecration service in the Abbeville town square was held in anticipation of the unveiling of a historical marker commemorating the lynching.
#eji #ahistoryofracialinjustice #slaveryevolved #abbeville #southcarolina

Our history of racial injustice casts a shadow across the U.S. landscape. We must engage it more honestly. Link in bio to our new video that unflinchingly explores America's brutal history of lynching and racial terror.
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EJI client Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on Alabama's death row for a crime he didn't commit. Last week he was in London, England enjoying "a spot of tea" and speaking at a death penalty conference.

Recently, EJI unveiled an historical marker that documents the lynchings of seven victims in Letohatchee, Alabama, and recognizes 14 documented lynchings that took place in Lowndes County. Dozens participated in the dedication ceremony at Rehobeth Missionary Church in Letohatchee, braving the rain to pray and reflect together on the history of racial terrorism in Lowndes County.
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