Bryan Stevenson is an American lawyer, social justice activist, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and a clinical professor at New York University School of Law. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, Stevenson has challenged bias against the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system, especially children. He has helped achieve court decisions that prohibit sentencing children under 18 to death, or to life imprisonment without parole. Stevenson has assisted in cases that have saved dozens of prisoners from the death penalty, advocated for poor people, and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice.
In addition, we will hear from guest speaker Dr. Brian Fikkert, professor of economics and community development and the founder and president of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. Dr. Fikkert is coauthor of the best-selling book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself as well as Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions, Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence, and From Dependence to Dignity: How to Alleviate Poverty Through Church-Centered Microfinance.
He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals. Prior to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland—College Park and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.
Shots rang out in Memphis.
Shots had been ringing in Memphis for years. These shots were different. These shots were heard around the world. In one fell swoop, Memphis froze, the unthinkable happened, there was a great silence…then there was a loud ROAR and we have been roaring ever since. April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on his balcony at the Lorraine Hotel. He was staying in room 306. This was just supposed to be one of many times that he occupied room 306. This time was different. The night before he had delivered his historic “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” sermon, that day he had marched with sanitation workers, then as he prepared to enter his room to plan for the evening, the shot rang out. In that moment, the cataclysmic happened, as heaven met earth, the landscape in Memphis, Tennessee began to change. Over the next 50 years, minorities have continued the fight for equality, for a voice, for change. The tide changed that day in April 1968.
But are we done? Is it finished?
Micah 6:8 says “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
What is good? What is just?
Agape Child & Family Services invites you to explore justice and mercy by joining us for HeartLight: Do Justice, March 2, 2018 at Hope Church. Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, will be our guest. We will explore where Memphis has been, where we are and where we need to go.
For more information, contact Lori Humber at (901) 323-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.