Equal Justice Initiative

EJI Founder Bryan Stevenson to Perform at Lincoln Center in New York

Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, will be taking on a new role — concert pianist at New York’s Lincoln Center. Stevenson will appear as both a speaker and performer at an event called “Freedom, Justice and Hope” that will premiere virtually on May 21. An announcement from the venue says Wynton Marsalis will be…

EJI Founder Bryan Stevenson Wins ‘Alternative Nobel’ Award

An Alabama human rights attorney whose work fighting racial injustice was depicted in the Hollywood movie “Just Mercy” has won an honor sometimes referred to as the “alternative Nobel.” Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson was named a recipient of the annual Right Livelihood Award on Thursday. The award is presented annually by the Swedish Right Livelihood Foundation. The 61-year-old…

Equal Justice Initiative Closing Montgomery Sites Because of Coronavirus

The Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative has announced that it will be closing the Legacy Museum, National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Peace and Justice Memorial Center in response to the coronavirus. The closures became effective at 5 p.m. today. EJI says the sites will remain closed for the rest of the month. If you purchased tickets to visit…

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…

Behind the Scenes of “Pipeline” at Alabama Shakespeare Festival

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is opening its 48th season with the play “Pipeline”.  Alabama News Network got a sneak peek by talking with the director and the actors. The play dramatizes the pipeline from school to prison. It tells the story of a mother fighting to give her son a better future, while highlighting the social dynamics of race and…

EJI’s Bryan Stevenson: It is “Unevolved”…to Celebrate Slavery

From a N.Y. Times Magazine interview.

Historic Marker in Montgomery. A statue/bust of Dr. King is to be unveiled on Monday at the church he led on Dexter Avenue. The New York Times Magazine talked with Stevenson about Alabama celebrating both Martin Luther King and Robert E. Lee on the same day this Monday. “You live in Montgomery, Ala., where both Confederate Memorial Day and Jefferson…

60 Minutes Lynching Memorial Story Now Online

Memorial + Museum open on April 26th

Watch the CBS 60 Minutes segment about the soon to open Lynching Memorial HERE.   The memorial opens on April 26th.  More information HERE. And tomorrow—Monday morning at 8:00 AM—on CBS This Morning, watch a story about the companion museum being constructed inside the Equal Justice Initiative headquarters building in Downtown Montgomery. Categories: Montgomery, Statewide Tags: concert, Equal Justice Initiative,…

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…