over the past few days, i’ve grown increasingly obsessed with finding as much as i can on an inspiring man named Bryan Stevenson. he is no celebrity, you will not find a reality show bearing his name, and his organization, Equal Justice Initiative, has only 6500 followers on Twitter. and yet, everyone should know his name and hear what he has to say. i’m ashamed i hadn’t sooner.
in 2012, Bryan Stevenson, a human rights lawyer and NYU Law professor from Alabama, gave an incredible TED talk that received the longest standing ovation in the series history. last year he wrote a book called Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. i just ordered it and i’m looking forward to reading it ASAP. he was also on The Daily Show last fall and was one of the best interviews i’ve seen on that show. possibly the best. yes, definitely the best. i posted Mr. Stevenson’s TED talk and Daily Show interview on Facebook over the weekend. i wish it’d gotten as many likes and views as some of the less valuable things i’ve posted, but i digress.
Mr. Stevenson’s ideas about creating honest and healing dialogue are some of the best i’ve ever heard. i could go on and on, but i’d rather you just hear it from the man himself. i hope to one day be advised by him on how to better create dialogue thru my work. my original Facebook post is below: (click the images for the video)
i don’t know that i’ve ever agreed more wholeheartedly with anyone more than i agree with Bryan Stevenson. please, everyone, watch this. i cannot think of a better way to spend 20 minutes. if you know nothing else about me, know that THIS is what i believe in most. THIS is what i give the most energy. and the work i do helping to create this type of dialogue will be the work i’m most proud of. please watch, be inspired, and answer this call to action. i’m doing my best to. if this doesn’t move something in you, i invite you to message me so we can discuss how to remedy that.
if you’re feeling particularly generous and have another 16 mins, watch this clip of Bryan Stevenson’s sit-down with Jon Stewart. the dialogue created here is instrumental in bettering our own lives and the lives of everyone.
pretty inspiring, huh?! do you feel a call to action after hearing this? does it stir anything in you? are you confused by anything you’ve heard here? if this is something you’d like to discuss any of this further, i’d love to hear from you. either comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. here’s to the dialogue creators and the change makers in all of us!