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Legacy Museum Reopening

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A museum that’s linked to the national lynching memorial in Montgomery is reopening for the first time since the pandemic began. The Legacy Museum is offering free admission for a limited time, but crowd sizes are being restricted and face masks are required to help prevent the Coronavirus from spreading. The lynching memorial, the museum and the…

Changemakers: Bryan Stevenson

Usually when we hear lawyers say they’ll “fight for you,” they’re referring to personal injury, but when Public Interest Attorney Bryan Stevenson says he’ll fight for you, it’s about protecting a client’s basic human rights. For more than 30 years, he and his organization, the Equal Justice Initiative which is based in Montgomery, have helped those who’ve been dealt a…

EJI Legacy Pavilion Opens in Montgomery

The nation’s first memorial to lynching victims is expanding in Montgomery. The Equal Justice Initiative on Saturday opened a new welcome center and exhibition space that will add to the existing lynching memorial and museum that documents the history of racial inequality in America. The pavilion, located at 400 North Court Street, will serve as a hub for visitors to…

Equal Justice Initiative Announces Free Screenings of “Just Mercy” in Montgomery

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) has announced that there will be four free advance screenings of the new Warner Bros. Pictures’ feature film, Just Mercy on December 20, ahead of its January 10, 2020 release in theaters. The screenings, to be held in Montgomery, are open to the public, but registration is required.   The screenings will be held at…

Journalists from India Visit Montgomery to Learn About Civil Rights

U.S. State Department visits started in 2007

Ten journalists from India are visiting Montgomery….and they had an opportunity to meet with Jeannie Graetz, who along with her pastor husband were in the center  of the Montgomery bus boycott. Rev. Graetz’s health did not allow him to be present. But Mrs. Graetz spoke with the journalists and answered questions, and held up a photo of both of them…

Music Stars Coming to Montgomery for Opening of Civil Rights Memorial

Photo: Equal Justice Initiative The Equal Justice Initiative has announced that several music stars will be coming to Montgomery to perform as part of the celebration of the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum next month. The Concert for Peace and Justice will be on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Amphitheater…

Alabama is Last State Standing

Only state that lets judge overrule jurors in death penalty decisions.

Alabama is now the last state that still allows judges to reject a jury’s recommendation of  life in prison without parole and instead sentence an inmate to be executed. The only other state allowing that was Delaware, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected that law in August: CBS and AP reported: “The court also said the law is unconstitutional because…

What Others are Saying.

The Lynching Memorial in Esquire Magazine.

As Alabama News Network reported last week, The Montgomery-based  Equal Justice Initiative is going to build a $20-Million memorial to the hundreds of people lynched by mobs in The South.   National media outlets are writing about the planned six-acre memorial in downtown Montgomery near the Federal Courthouse. Esquire Magazine has an online article this morning: “This country has needed…