September 30, 2020
On June 25, 2020, in collaboration with the Kunhardt Film Foundation, the National Writing Project was pleased to host a special online screening and discussion of True Justice (trailer) for educators.
The synchronous free online screening was followed by a conversation and Q&A with Mr. Anthony Ray Hinton, author of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row.
True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality follows 30 years of the Equal Justice Initiative’s work on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. The film won the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications’s 26th annual Vision Award, the Peabody Award, and an Emmy.
Watch the Full Discussion
The Kunhardt Film Foundation has created lessons, engagement guides, and interviews to support educators in teaching the film and the social issues highlighted in this documentary.
Excerpts from the Discussion with Mr. Hinton
Mr. Hinton’s Advice to Teachers
Mr. Hinton on Books
Mr. Hinton on Writing, Love, and Forgiveness
More About True Justice
In the last half-century, America has become the nation with the highest rate of incarceration in the world, authorized the execution of hundreds of condemned prisoners and continued to struggle to recover from a long history of racial injustice.
For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. An intimate portrait of this remarkable man, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten the country, challenging viewers to confront it.