Bryan Stevenson: Race and Social Justice Initiative 2016 Speaker Series, March 31

American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference,” Bryan Stevenson, Author and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street, Charleston, SC
6:00PM – Free and open to the public!
Book signing to follow lecture. 

Photograph by Nina Subin
Photograph by Nina Subin

America has the largest prison population in the world – and the criminal justice system that puts the men, women, and children in these prisons is broken. Excessive punishment and abuse are widespread, and the collateral consequences are devastating lives and communities. An inspiring and unflinchingly honest speaker, in this presentation Bryan Stevenson talks about defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. The stories he tells are heartbreaking, yet inspiring, and motivate audiences to make a change.

New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction and the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction
New York Times Bestseller
and winner of the Carnegie
Medal for Nonfiction and the
NAACP Image Award for

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 memoir, Just Mercy, is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. It is an inspiring story of unbreakable humanity in the most desperate circumstances, and a powerful indictment of our broken justice system and the twisted values that allow it to continue. Stevenson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction, and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2015. Stevenson is a tenured law professor at New York University School of Law. For more information on this speaker please visit

For information about discounted parking vouchers, please visit the RSJI website – join our event Facebook page, click here.

Through funding support from Starbucks and the Coastal Community Foundation, the Charleston County Public Library will be distributing a limited number of free copies of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson starting February 15th, 2016, at all sixteen branch locations. CCPL will also be hosting various events throughout the month of March, please see their Programs calendar for more details.

This event is part of the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) at the College of Charleston. In late June 2015, the Avery Research Center, Addlestone Library, African American Studies, and the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI) at the College of Charleston received a major grant from Google to launch the initiative in response to recent tragic events in the Charleston area, including the shooting death of Walter Scott by a police officer in April 2015 and the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in June 2015. 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 in Charleston, South Carolina, and throughout the United States. 

Thanks to our event co-sponsors: College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative funded by Google, Charleston County Public Library, SunTrust, the Avery Institute, and the Sophia Institute, SC Community Loan Fund, and South Carolina Humanities.