Learning Session 2~ Get Proximate, Stay Hopeful, Do Uncomfortable Things.

Facilitator notes: This session is built from Bryan Stevenson’s 2017 Ware Lecture at the UUA General Assembly. A group of South Church High School youth and adults were in New Orleans that year to hear his inspiring lecture, and it was the inspiration behind our first youth trip to Alabama a few years later (in 2019)

Bryan Stevenson Founded the Equal Justice Initiative (which then established the museum and memorial in Montgomery) in part because he began to realize that the teaching space- a place where we can better understand our history and the connection from past to present- was a necessary part of challenging racial and economic injustice. He says that a part of the reason for mass incarceration and cruel punitive practices lives in the fact that we have been enculturated to accept extreme violent punishment.

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.