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November 14, 1959 |
Milton, Delaware, U.S.
|Alma mater||Eastern University (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Harvard Kennedy School (M.P.P.)
|Awards||Reebok Human Rights Award
ACLU National Medal of Liberty
Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize
Bryan A. Stevenson (born November 14, 1959) is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, and is a professor at New York University School of Law. He has gained national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system. Stevenson has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice.
Biography and career
Mr. Stevenson spoke at TED2012 in Long Beach, California. Following his presentation, over $1 million was raised by attendees to fund a campaign run by Stevenson to end the practice of putting children in adult jails and prisons.
Stevenson is the author of the critically acclaimed Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. It was named by Time magazine as one of the "10 Best Books of Nonfiction" for 2014. It won the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.
Awards and honors
Stevenson has received numerous honors, including: Reebok Human Rights Award, 1989; National Medal of Liberty, American Civil Liberties Union, 1991; MacArthur fellowship, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1995; Wisdom Award for Public Service Litigation, American Bar Association; named public interest lawyer of the year, National Association of Public Interest Lawyers, 1996; Olaf Palme Prize, Olaf Palme Memorial Fund for International Understanding and Common Security, 2000; Commissioners’ Award, Alabama State Bar, 2002; SALT Human Rights Award, Society of American Law Teachers, 2003; Award for Courageous Advocacy, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2004; Lawyer for the People Award, National Lawyers Guild, 2004; Gruber Prize for International Justice, Gruber Foundation, 2009; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, William Robert Ming Advocacy Award, 2010, Image Award, 2015, for Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption; Visionaries Award, Ford Foundation, 2011; Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom From Fear Award, Roosevelt Institute, 2011; American Ingenuity Award for Social Progress, Smithsonian, 2012; Fred L. Shuttlesworth Award, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 2012; American Psychiatric Association Human Rights Award, 2012; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014; Cultural Freedom Prize, Lannan Foundation, 2014; and more than twenty honorary degrees.
- Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (New York: Spiegel & Grau), was published on October 21, 2014.
- "All of our survival is tied to the survival of everyone: Bryan Stevenson at TED2012". TED. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- "TED’s first response to Bryan Stevenson’s talk on injustice". TED. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- "Anthony Doerr wins Carnegie Medal for fiction". Midcontinent Communications. Associated Press. June 28, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
- "Walking with the Wind", Alex Carp interviews Bryan Stevenson, Guernica magazine, March 17, 2014.
- Walt Harrington, "How Can Anyone Do Anything Else?" The Washington Post Magazine (January 6, 1991)
- aclu-sc.org, 2001.
- eji.org, website.
- "bryanstevenson.com", Bryan Stevenson's website.
- Barrett, Paul, Bryan Stevenson’s Death-Defying Acts", NYU Law Magazine, 2007.
- Kristof, Nicholas, "When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 3", Op-ed, New York Times, October 11, 2014. 'Some white Americans may be surprised to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu describe … Stevenson … as “America’s young Nelson Mandela” …'
- Bryan Stevenson at TED