Bryan Stevenson to be awarded honorary degree from OxfordBryan A Stevenson is a lawyer and social justice activist who has campaigned for fair treatment of children and minorities in the US criminal justice system. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal representation to those who may have been denied a fair trial. He has been awarded the Olaf Palme Prize for international human rights, the Gruber Justice Prize and the Four Freedoms Award.
On 21st June 2017, Mr Stevenson will be awarded a Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa at Encaenia, the University of Oxford’s annual honorary degree ceremony.
Bryan Stevenson graduated from Harvard University in 1985 with both a Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a JD from the School of Law. His 2012 TED talk, “We need to talk about an injustice”, is said to hold the record for the longest standing ovation given to any TED speaker (Adams, 2015).
“Among other things, he is currently working to establish The Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, which will document each of the nearly 4,000 lynchings of black people that took place in the twelve states of the South from 1877 to 1950. He believes that the history of lynchings has influenced the subsequent high rate of death sentences in the South, where it has been disproportionately applied to minorities.”