Equal Justice Initiative clients, pictured clockwise from top left: Trina Garnett, Ian Manuel, Walter McMillian, Diane Tucker, Herbert Richardson, Diane Jones, Antonio Nuñez, Joe Sullivan, Joshua Carter, and Robert Caston
Join us as we reflect on the history and pervasiveness of systemic racism in America and work together to create a stronger, more inclusive, and more equitable college. “Just Community: A Reading and Action Program for Racial Justice” provides a framework for deep discussion and meaningful steps we can take to better our school and society. The resources below are accessible and powerful stories that highlight racism and discrimination experienced within and across institutions.
In particular, we will highlight the transformational work of Bryan Stevenson, a civil rights lawyer and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Stevenson’s work confronts systemic racism and calls for catalyzing conversations about the legacy of slavery and racial discrimination in the United States. LSA faculty, staff, and graduate students are encouraged to come together through “Just Community” to explore the materials, reflect, talk, and take action.
In 1989, Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, which is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in society. Just Mercy tells the story of EJI, from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison, to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our history of racial injustice.