Uniting for Change Luncheon
Wednesday, April 22nd at 11:30 a.m. at the Greenville Convention Center (formerly the TD Convention Center).
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Keynote Speaker: Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned.
Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.
Mr. Stevenson has initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts that challenge inequality in America. He led the creation of two highly acclaimed cultural sites which opened in 2018, The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The new national landmark institutions chronicle the legacy of slavery, lynching and racial segregation and the connection to mass incarceration and contemporary issues of racial bias.
Mr. Stevenson’s work has won him numerous awards including 35 honorary doctorates, the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Prize and the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association’s highest honor. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government and the author of the award winning New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy.
The 5th annual luncheon will be held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the agency. Proceeds raised from the luncheon will benefit all of United Ministries’ life changing programs that serve and empower those in our community who are striving to achieve self-sufficiency.
Previous Uniting for Change Luncheon Speakers
2015 – Robert Lupton, author of Toxic Charity
2017 – Dr. Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
2018 – Dr. Kathryn Edin, co-author of $2.00 A Day
2019 – Father Gregory Boyle, S.J., author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion