Bryan Stevenson:

Equal Justice Initiative:

Senator Hank Sanders

Tim Wise:

Historic Gadsden photographs: Scarboro Collection

Association for the Study of African American Life and History


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Carver Boyton: Granddaughter of Amelia Boyton Robinson and daughter of Bruce Boyton, Carver has spent her life in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. Carver is an accomplished business woman who is available to speak on the history of civil rights and her family’s role.

William Thornton: Journalist William Thornton is a reporter for the Birmingham News and the Alabama Media Group, as well as an author of several books of fiction (Set Your Fields on Fire and Brilliant Disguises). William completed a five part series on the lynching of Bunk Richardson.

Robert Avery: Robert Avery has remained an integral figure when discussing civil rights in Gadsden, Alabama. As a young man, Robert and his two friends hitchhiked to Washington to be part of March on Washington in 1963.

Chari Bostick: Chari Bostick is the Executive Director of the Grace Heritage Foundation and Grace Heritage Community Development. Chari is available to speak on issues of local history.

Judge David A. Kimberley: David Kimberly is a judge of Circuit 16 in Etowah County. His current term expires in 2018. Judge Kimberley received his law degree from the University of Alabama and was admitted to the practice of law on September 27, 1985. He serves on the Alabama Sentencing Standards Committee and is involved in the forefront of Alabama’s sentencing reform efforts by the drafting, adoption, implementation, and revision of the state’s presumptive sentencing guidelines.

Floyd Donald: Floyd Donald is owner of WMGJ (1240 AM “Magic 1240 AM”) and organizes Gadsden’s annual Juneteenth Celebration and Gadsden’s annual MLK event.

Fr. Michael Goldsmith: Fr. Goldsmith is a graduate of the School of Theology at Sewanee and serves as rector for the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection.

Bennet Wright:  Mr. Wright serves as the Executive Director of the Alabama Sentencing Commission. Mr. Wright is the Vice President of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions and also serves as the Commission’s liaison to the Alabama Legislature and chairs the Commission’s Standards Committee tasked with developing the State’s sentencing guidelines. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Wright worked for the federal judiciary at the United States Administrative Office of Courts in Washington, D.C. and before that taught courses including Statistics, Sociology, Criminology, and Deviance at Auburn University. Mr. Wright received his undergraduate degree in criminology and his graduate degree in sociology. Mr. Wright is a native of the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.


Just Mercy Study Guide


Privilege Bead Exercise
Privilege Walk Lesson Plan
Privilege Walk Video


Bryan Stevenson Ted Talk

Robert Avery NPR Interview

Panel discussion:

Chari Bostick on the “Southside Redevelopment Project” that displaced African-American families and businesses from an area of South Gadsden and William Thornton on the lynching of Bunk Richardson:

South Gadsden displacement Photo Gallery

Bunk Richardson Photo Gallery

Please be advised that some of the following images are severely violent in nature and may not be appropriate for all ages.