Join us for a screening and discussion on the HBO documentary, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality.
Bryan Stevenson, Alabama Public Interest Attorney and Founder/Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system for over three decades. An intimate portrait of this remarkable man, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved, and continues to threaten the country – challenging viewers to confront it. Told primarily in his own words, True Justice shares Bryan Stevenson’s experience with a criminal justice system that, he asserts, “treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent.” The burden of facing this system is explored in candid interviews with associates, close family members and clients.
This feature documentary focuses on Stevenson’s life and career – particularly his indictment of the U.S. Criminal Justice System for its role in codifying modern systemic racism – and tracks the intertwined histories of slavery, lynching, segregation and mass incarceration. Highlighting watershed moments involving cases and clients, True Justice offers a rare glimpse into the human struggle that is required when the poor and people of color are wrongly condemned or unfairly sentenced, and explores the personal toll it has taken on Stevenson and his colleagues.
The film chronicles Stevenson’s work in Alabama, birthplace of the civil rights movement and home to the Equal Justice Initiative, as well as the early influences that drove him to become an advocate for the poor and the incarcerated. As a young lawyer in the 1980s, he witnessed firsthand how courts unfairly applied the death penalty based on race and how the Supreme Court ultimately declared that racial bias in the administration of the death penalty was “inevitable.”
Immediately following the viewing of this documentary, there will be a discussion about the film led by Tina Strawn, who is an antiracism educator, social justice activist, and yoga teacher. A large part of Tina’s work centers around the Equal Justice Initiative, as Tina is the Founder of Legacy Trips which are 3 day antiracism + yoga trips to the National Museum of Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, where she leads participants using the practice and philosophy of yoga as tools to dismantle racism.
This event is being hosted in partnership with AWARE LA.