who is bryan stevenson?
He’s a well-known public interest lawyer and social justice activist who has spent his life fighting for the rights of the marginalized and oppressed. His mission is criminal justice reform, racial equality, and the end of mass incarceration in the United States.
As the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), he’s provided egal representation to those who have been wrongfully convicted and mistreated by the criminal justice system. His work at the EJI has secured the release of innocent death row inmates and successfully challenged many unconstitutional sentencing practices.
Stevenson is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, about his experiences as a public interest lawyer and the many injustices he has witnessed in the criminal justice system.
For an easily accessible and moving look at Stevenson’s work and his ongoing struggle for justice and equality in America, check out the HBO documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality.
It features interviews with Stevenson, his colleagues at the EJI, and individuals who have been impacted by the criminal justice system, including formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.
Stevenson is a hero to many for his work in fighting for justice and equality. He’s a true innovator and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of activists.