Bryan Stevenson Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Just Mercy, Book and Net Worth

Bryan Stevenson Biography

Bryan Stevenson is an American lawyer, social justice activist, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and a clinical professor at New York University School of Law. He is based in Montgomery, Alabama.

He has challenged bias against the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system, especially children. Stevenson has also helped achieve United States Supreme Court decisions that prohibit sentencing children under 18 to death or to life imprisonment without parole.

He has assisted in cases that have saved dozens of prisoners from the death penalty, advocated for poor people, and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice.

Bryan Stevenson Education

Stevenson attended Cape Henlopen High School where he graduated in 1977. There, he played on the soccer and baseball teams. Stevenson served as president of the student body and won American Legion public speaking contests. He earned straight A’s and won a scholarship to Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Stevenson directed the campus gospel choir and he eventually graduated in 1981.

He received a full scholarship to attend Harvard Law School. At law school, he worked for Stephen Bright’s Southern Center for Human Rights as part of a class on race and poverty litigation with Elizabeth Bartholet. This represents death-row inmates throughout the South. It is during this work that he found his career calling. While still at Harvard, Stevenson also earned a Master’s in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Bryan Stevenson Age

He was born Bryan A. Stevenson on 14 November 1959 in Milton, Delaware, United States. He is 59 years old as of 2018.

Bryan Stevenson Family

Stevenson was born to Howard Carlton Stevenson, Sr., who had grown up in Milton, and his mother Alice Gertrude (Golden) Stevenson was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bryan grew up in Milton, Delaware, a small rural town located in Southern Delaware. Stevenson’s family had moved to the city from Virginia in the Great Migration of the early 20th century. He has two siblings: an older brother Howard, Jr., and a sister Christy. Both his parents commuted to the northern part of the state for work: Howard, Sr. worked at a General Foods processing plant as a laboratory technician. His mother was a bookkeeper at Dover Air Force Base and became an equal opportunity officer. Alice particularly emphasized the importance of education.

His family attended the Prospect African Methodist Episcopal Church, whereas a youth Stevenson played piano and sang in the choir. Stevenson’s later views were influenced by the strong faith of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where churchgoers were celebrated for ‘standing up after having fallen down.’ The experiences informed his belief that “each person in our society is more than the worst thing they’ve ever done.”

When he was 16, his maternal grandfather, Clarence L. Golden, was stabbed to death in his Philadelphia home during a robbery. His killers received life sentences, an outcome Stevenson thought fair. Bryan said of the murder; “Because my grandfather was older, his murder seemed particularly cruel. But I came from a world where we valued redemption over revenge.”

He dealt with segregation and its legacy as a child.

Bryan Stevenson Married | Wife

Stevenson keeps his personal life very private and he has not yet disclosed any information about his dating life, marriage, or his wife.

Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy is an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice.

Bryan Stevenson Book

2018 – Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice
2018 – A Perilous Path: Talking Race, Inequality, and the Law
2014 – Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
2014 – Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice
2012 – Five Kids and One Gun: A Game to the Death and Hockey Like You Have Never Seen Before

Bryan Stevenson Equal Justice Initiative

Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative in 1989 in Montgomery, Alabama. The non-profit organization provides legal representation to prisoners who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes, poor prisoners without effective representation, and others who may have been denied a fair trial.

Bryan founded the organization when the United States Congress eliminated funding for death-penalty defense for lower-income people after Republicans gained control in the 1994 mid-term elections. He was also awarded a MacArthur grant and put all the money toward supporting the center in 1995. Bryan guaranteed a defense of anyone in Alabama sentenced to the death penalty, as it was the only state that did not provide legal assistance to people on death row. Alabama also has the highest per capita rate of death penalty sentencing.

He has been particularly concerned about overly harsh sentencing of persons convicted of crimes committed as children, under the age of 18. The US Supreme Court ruled in Roper v. Simmons (2005) that the death penalty was unconstitutional for persons convicted of crimes committed under the age of 18.

Bryan Stevenson Museum

He acquired six acres of former public housing land in Montgomery for the development of a new project, the “National Memorial for Peace and Justice”, to commemorate the nearly 4,000 persons who were lynched in the South from 1877 to 1950. Many of the lynchings were conducted openly in front of mobs and crowds in county courthouse squares. He argues the history of extrajudicial lynchings by white mobs is closely associated with the subsequent high rate of death sentences imposed in Alabama and other southern states. Also to their disproportionate application to minority people.

Stevenson further argues that this history influences the bias against minorities as expressed in disproportionately high mass incarceration rates for them across the country. This memorial opened in April 2018.

Bryan also worked to create a related museum, The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, which opened in April. The exhibits in the former slave warehouse include materials on lynching, racial segregation, and mass incarceration since the late 20th century. He articulates how the treatment of people of color under the criminal justice system is related to the history of slavery and later treatment of minorities in the South

Bryan Stevenson Movie

The Just Mercy film is an upcoming American biographical drama film based on the memoir by Bryan Stevenson. It is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Rob Morgan, Rafe Spall, and Tim Blake Nelson.

The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019 and is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2019, by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Bryan Stevenson’s Net Worth

The social-justice activist h maybe probably earning big from his huge career in law. However, neither the exact amounts or the estimates of his net worth are disclosed.

Bryan Stevenson Quotes

Some of Stevenson’s quotes include:

  1. The great evil of American slavery was involuntary servitude or forced labor. I really believe that the true evil of American slavery was the narrative of racial difference that we created to justify it.
  2. One of the things that pains me is we have so tragically underestimated the trauma, the hardship we create in this country when we treat people unfairly, when we incarcerate them unfairly, when we condemn them unfairly.
  3. There was never a time you could get the majority of people in Alabama or Mississippi, or even southern Delaware, to vote to end segregation. What changed things was the rule of law, the courts. Brown v. Board of Education was ushered in by a movement, but it was a legal decision.
  4. There was never a time you could get the majority of people in Alabama or Mississippi, or even southern Delaware, to vote to end segregation. What changed things was the rule of law, the courts. Brown v. Board of Education was ushered in by a movement, but it was a legal decision.

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