Jan 20: Martin Luther King, Jr.

NPR has a wonderful program, “Fresh Air,” interviewing the guest Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed lawyer who has spent his career helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned.

He is the “Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults…

Mr. Stevenson and his staff have won reversals, relief, or release from
prison for over 135 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row and won relief for hundreds of others wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced.”

The movie “Just Mercy” is about his memoirs.

Wow, if just a handful of lawyers were anything like Mr. Stevenson.

I believe Dr. King would be proud of Mr. Stevenson for his compassion and tireless work for “the least of these.”

That we could change even one life because of our love for people–what a privilege and an honour that would be.

Thank you Mr. Stevenson on this day that we honour a radical peacemaker. You are a testament to what an attorney should be.

Peace.

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