Thu, Feb 20|
Calvin and Janet High Center
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
Speaker Anthony Ray Hinton shares his incredible story
Time & Location
Feb 20, 2020, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Calvin and Janet High Center, Calvin and Janet High Center, College Ave, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, USA
About the event
This event is free, but prior registration is required. The lecture will take place in Parmer hall within the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts at Messiah College. Visit Messiah's website here for more information.
Anthony Ray Hinton is a survivor of Alabama's death row. His story is a decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom. In 1985, Mr. Hinton was convicted of the unsolved murders of two fast-food restaurant managers based on the testimony of ballistics experts for the State who claimed that the crime bullets came from a dusty revolver found in Mr. Hinton's mother’s closet. Without the benefit of a competent expert to challenge the State’s theory (Mr. Hinton’s lawyers hired a ballistics expert who was blind in one eye), an all-white jury convicted Mr. Hinton, and he was sentenced to death. After years of petitioning to have the revolver re-analyzed, three independent experts concluded that the bullets could not have been fired from Mr. Hinton’s mother’s revolver. With the assistance of the Equal Justice Initiative, led by attorney Bryan Stevenson, Mr. Hinton was freed in 2015. Since his release, Mr. Hinton has traveled the world sharing his story and discussing the changes that need to be made to prevent similar injustices from happening to other people. In 2018, Mr. Hinton published The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and is a New York Times bestseller.