By Jasmine Wing
The Equal Justice Initiative grand opening of The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama on 26th April. An opening ceremony for the new museum and memorial has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Montgomery Convention Center.
EJI will be hosting two days of talks at the Peace and Justice Summit. The Justice Summit 2018 will feature an array of national leaders and advocates including Marian Wright Edelman, Author of ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’, Michelle Alexander, Gloria Steinem, Ava DuVernay, Rev. William Barber, Vice President Al Gore, Sherrilyn Ifill, The Roots, and many others. Presentations with national leaders will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, and continue throughout the day, and will take place on Friday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. On Friday 27th EJI will be hosting a concert with nationally recognized performers at the Montgomery Riverwalk Amphitheater at 7:00 p.m.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration is located on the site of a former warehouse where black people were enslaved in Montgomery, Alabama, the narrative museum features interactive media, sculpture, videography and exhibits to immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and the world’s largest prison system. Compelling visuals and data-rich exhibits provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to investigate America’s history of racial injustice and its legacy — to draw dynamic connections across generations of Americans impacted by the tragic history of racial inequality.
‘The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.’
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About the speakers:
Marian Wright Edelman is an American activist for the rights of children. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. She is president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.
Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. In recent years, she has taught at a number of universities, including Stanford Law School, where she was an associate professor of law and directed the Civil Rights Clinics. In 2005, she won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of The New Jim Crow, and that same year she accepted a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Since its first publication,The New Jim Crow has received rave reviews and has been featured in national radio and television media outlets, including MSNBC, NPR, Bill Moyers Journal, Tavis Smiley, C-SPAN, and Washington Journal, among others. In March, the book won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for best nonfiction. Purchase her book here.
Gloria Marie Steinem is an American feminist, journalist, and social political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and a spokeswoman for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Click here to visit her website.
Ava Marie DuVernay, American film director, producer, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor and ex-MC as a member of Figures of Speech. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay won the U.S. Directing Award: Dramatic for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first African-American woman to win the award. For her work in Selma (2014), DuVernay was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. With Selma, she was also the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2017, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for her film 13th (2016). Watch the trailer to 13th here.
Rev. William Barber, a Protestant minister and political leader in North Carolina. He is a member of the national board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the chair of its Legislative Political Action Committee.
Vice President Al Gore, Albert Arnold Gore Jr. is an American politician and environmentalist who served as the 45th Vice President of the United States from 1993 to 2001.
Sherrilyn Ifill, an American lawyer. She is a law professor and President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She is the Legal Defense Fund’s seventh President since Thurgood Marshall founded the organization in 1940.
The Roots is an American hip hop band, formed in 1987 by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.