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‘Just Mercy’ author Bryan Stevenson, civil rights attorney Ted Shaw to speak at McGlohon

Ted Shaw is the director of the Center for Civil Rights at UNC School of Law and the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law.
Ted Shaw is the director of the Center for Civil Rights at UNC School of Law and the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law. COURTESY OF STEVE EXUM

Fifty years since passage of the Voting Rights Act to end racial discrimination in voting, what is the state of civil rights today in the United States? Bank of America, Levine Museum of the New South and The Charlotte Observer are bringing civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson and UNC Chapel Hill’s Ted Shaw together for a frank discussion on civil rights, justice and hope for the future.

The pair will appear at the historic McGlohon Theater at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29.

Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. Most recently, Stevenson and the EJI released a history of lynchings in the South that documented more than 4,000 cases.

Stevenson will take the stage first to discuss his new memoir, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” the story of a young lawyer fighting on the racial injustice frontlines.

He’ll later be joined on stage by Shaw, director of the Center for Civil Rights at UNC School of Law and the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law. The pair will discuss civil rights matters of the day and take questions from the audience.

This evening is part of Our Times Reimagined: A Distinguished Speakers Series from Bank of America and The Charlotte Observer. It’s hosted in partnership with Levine Museum of the New South and in celebration of the two-year exhibit and program series Destination Freedom: Civil Rights Struggles Then and Now.

Cost is $10 and includes a wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception. In addition, Stevenson will sign copies of his new book for an hour after the event.

A limited number of students will get free admission, but they must reserve tickets. All ticket proceeds will be split between The Equal Justice Initiative and the Center for Civil Rights. Questions, email Jen Rothacker, jrothacker@charlotteobserver.com.

Want to Go?

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29

Where: McGlohon Theater

Reception: 7:45 p.m., all guests are invited to a wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception in the McGlohon atrium. Ends at 9 p.m.

Book signing: Speaker Bryan Stevenson will sign copies of his new book “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.” The book will be for sale in the lobby.

Tickets: CarolinaTix.org

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