Forward Thinking Speaker Series

The Forward Thinking Speaker Series reflects EPL’s rich history of taking risks, trying new things, and redefining the modern library. EPL invites thought-leaders from a variety of industries speaking on a variety of topics to share their insights, ideas, experiences, and viewpoints, with the goal of helping us purposefully build better organizations, neighborhoods, and communities.

Anthony Ray Hinton

Wrongfully convicted of two murders and on death row for 30 years—this is the true story of Anthony Ray Hinton and the topic of our next Forward Thinking Speaker Series event. Join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel as he tells his story, as laid out in his autobiography, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row. Tickets are now on sale and start at only $10.

Event Details:
Chateau Lacombe Hotel at 7 p.m. (doors open 6 p.m.)

Tickets: Now available on Eventbrite
General Admission tickets - $10 each
Preferred Seating tickets - $75 each

What would you do?

What would you do if you were arrested for a crime you didn't commit? What would you do if you passed a polygraph test, but no one believed you? This is exactly what happened to our next Forward Thinking Speaker, Anthony Ray Hinton. Watch the video (via Equal Justice Initiative) as Anthony Ray summarizes his story as outlined in his book, The Sun Does Shine

Read The Sun Does Shineopens a new window by Anthony Ray Hinton

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About Anthony Ray Hinton
Anthony Ray Hinton was released in April 2015 after spending 30 years on death row for crime he did not commit. He was released with the help of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), of which he is currently a Community Educator. Mr. Hinton was one of the longest serving death row prisoners in Alabama history and among the longest serving condemned prisoners to be freed after presenting evidence of innocence. Mr. Hinton is the 152nd person exonerated from death row since 1983. 

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