MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball team traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, and spent the afternoon at the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). While there, players and staff were able to tour the Legacy Museum and the National Peace and Justice Memorial, before ending the day listening and asking questions to EJI Founder and Executive Director Bryan Stevenson.
The National Peace and Justice Memorial commemorates the African men, women and children who were lynched in the United States, while the Legacy Museum presents the history of racism and slavery in the United States.
As a non-profit organization, EJI has spearheaded an initiative that is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States. Under Stevenson’s leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges, exonerating innocent death row inmates, dealing with mistreatment of incarcerated and mentally ill people, and assisting prosecuted children as adults.
The Head Coach Oats Nate comments
“Our program had the privilege of spending this afternoon visiting the Legacy Museum & National Memorial for Peace and Justice. It was a very instructive and moving experience for both the players and the staff. We were also very lucky to have some time with Bryan Stevenson today, who is an impressive and fascinating person. The work he does is inspiring and his heart in helping others is evident. It will be a day our program will never forget. “
About the Heritage Museum
- Located on the site of a former warehouse where African Americans were enslaved in Montgomery, Ala.
- Uses interactive media, sculptures, videos and exhibits to immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the national slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and the world’s largest prison system
- Captivating visuals and data-rich exhibits provide a unique opportunity to investigate America’s history of racial injustice and its legacy – to make dynamic connections between generations of Americans touched by the tragic history of America. racial inequality
About the National Memorial for Peace and Justice
- The very first national memorial to recognize the victims of racist terrorist lynchings
- Located on a six-acre site atop an elevation overlooking Montgomery, the National Lynching Memorial is a sacred space for truth and reflection on racial terror in America and its legacy.
- Honors the more than 4,400 African American men, women and children who were lynched and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950
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