Bryan Stevenson Speaks at Public Welfare Foundation

Bryan Stevenson, a tireless advocate for racial justice and fairness for adults and juveniles in the criminal justice system, spoke to an audience of 100 people last Friday at an event in the Public Welfare Foundation’s Lankford Auditorium. A longtime grantee through his Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson shares the Foundation’s commitment to ending mass incarceration, addressing racial disparities and economic inequities that permeate – and taint – the criminal justice system, and ending policies and practices that push youth into the adult criminal justice system.

Mixing in poignant anecdotes about life lessons he learned from his grandmother and his clients, some of which are drawn from his 2014 New York Times best-selling book, Just Mercy, Stevenson outlined a blueprint for addressing lingering inequality in America by “changing the racial narrative.”

His four-point plan to accomplish that involves:



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