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

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An Evening with Anthony Ray Hinton

Presented by the Riley Institute Advance Team

February 27, 2019, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

McAlister Auditorium, Furman University

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Sponsored by:
Furman University NAACP, Furman University Religious Council, Furman University Poverty Awareness Committee, Furman University Student Diversity Council, and St. Joseph’s Catholic School

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.

About the Riley Institute Advance Team

The Riley Institute Advance Team is a select group of Furman students interested in politics, government, and public policy. Members of the Advance Team work closely with the Riley Institute staff and the Politics and International Affairs faculty to execute a variety of events and programs and to host guests of the Riley Institute. These students act as ambassadors for Furman and the Riley Institute as they interact with local, national, and international leaders. Furthermore, Advance Team members meet together regularly not only to prepare for events, but also to present and discuss public policy issues, ranging from internet censorship in China to recent tax reforms to possible solutions for DACA and the Dreamers. Visit riley.furman.edu for more information.

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