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The Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative 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. 

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed 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. 

EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. They are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. EJI produces groundbreaking reports, an award-winning wall calendar, and short films that explore our nation’s history of racial injustice, and we recently launched an ambitious national effort to create new spaces, markers, and memorials that address the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, which shapes many issues today.


Critical Conversations with Bryan Stevenson

Soka University of America had the pleasure of hosting Bryan Stevenson, EJI's founder, as part of the series Critical Conversations @Soka. For more information on Stevenson's work as well as topics covered in his talk "Race, Justice, and Mercy: Can They Co-exist in America?" see our Critical Conversations with Bryan Stevenson LibGuide.

Monthly Topics

Month Theme
January Denying G.I. Benefits to Black Veterans
February Lynchings of Children
March Racial Bias Against Black Musicians 
April Citizenship for Indigenous People
May Black Women in the Struggle for Abolition
June Juneteenth
July Black Infant Mortality
August Black Soldiers in the Civil War
September Racial Segregation Beyond the South
October Interracial Marriage Outside the South
November The East Los Angeles Walkouts
December Closing Schools to Avoid Integration


EJI Calendar - 2024