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The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

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February 27, 2019

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

McAlister Auditorium at Furman University

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An Evening with Anthony Ray Hinton Presented by the Riley Institute Advance Team Anthony Ray Hinton spent thirty years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Wrongly convicted in the state of Alabama for two capital murders with erroneous evidence and inadequate representation, Hinton was eventually exonerated after more than a decade of litigation by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) on his behalf. Hinton now travels across the world speaking about his experience and serves as the EJI’s community educator. Most recently Hinton has authored a memoir, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, which Oprah Winfrey selected as her Book Club Summer 2018 Read. Ray Hinton is the 152nd person exonerated from death row since 1983. According to a review of nearly 2,000 exonerations nationwide over three decades, black people convicted of murder or sexual assault are significantly more likely than their white counterparts to be later found innocent. Released in 2017 by the National Registry of Exonerations, the review also found that innocent blacks also had to wait disproportionately longer for their names to be cleared than whites. The Riley Institute Advance Team is honored to host Ray Hinton this coming February as he shares his powerful, inspirational story.

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