The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), was founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. Thus, EJI 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. And also, the organization challenges the death penalty and excessive punishment and provides re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people. And moreover, EJI plans to build a national memorial to victims of lynching and open a museum that explores African American history from enslavement to mass incarceration. Both the museum and memorial will be located in Montgomery, Alabama.
The Memorial to Peace and Justice
The Memorial to Peace and Justice will sit on six acres of land in Montgomery and become the nation's first national memorial to victims of lynching. The massive structure will contain the names of over 4000 lynching victims engraved on concrete columns representing each county in the United States where racial terror lynchings took place. Counties across the country will be invited to retrieve duplicate columns with the names of each county's lynching victims to be placed in every county.
Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror
In February 2015, EJI released Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, a ground-breaking report that documents more than 4000 lynchings of people of African descent (Black people) in the United States between 1877 and 1950. EJI identified several hundred more lynchings than had previously been recognized. (for a copy of the full report, please contact EJI (http://eji.org/, 334-269-1803). After the release of Lynching in America, EJI initiated several cultural projects designed to deepen understanding about racial terror in America. EJI is placing markers at lynching sites across the country in an effort to change the landscape of the American South, which is saturated with iconography and memorials romanticizing the Confederacy and the effort to preserve slavery. Historically, racial terrorism forced millions of Black people to flee the South during the first half of the 20th century and played a major role...