Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. In this keynote session we’ll explore the responsibility museums have in playing a leading role in the nation’s truth and reconciliation, including the confrontation of museums’ own troubled pasts, the colonial and racist foundations upon which many were built, and the resulting structures that endure. *PLEASE DO NOT COPY OR DISTRIBUTE ANY VIDEOS OR TRANSCRIPTS FROM THIS KEYNOTE PRESENTATION.
The keynote presentation will be followed by a panel discussion:
The Truth Starts Here: Museums’ Role in Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing
During this watershed moment in American racial history, we must find the courage to own our past, our truths, and shed negative myths. This conversation between experts, will explore museums’ role in reckoning with the United States’ history of native genocide, slavery, and racial injustice, with a focus on racial healing and transitional justice.