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Amplifying Black Voices: Bryan Stevenson (3)

Posted by Suzanne Bernet on

Bryan Stevenson is founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. (To learn more about the Initiative, go to When asked about how it is he can remain hopeful in the midst of the difficult work of legal aid for those unjustly imprisoned, he says:

Standing up for what’s right can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. Biologically, psychologically, human beings like comfort; you can opt for comfort over discomfort for a really long time. But eventually you get pushed to the point where it becomes uncomfortable to stay silent, to keep swallowing acts of oppression or injury. Then you’re required – you’re compelled – to act. Hope is the thing that gets you to stand up when other people tell you to sit down. I am persuaded that hope is our superpower. It’s what allows us to overcome, to endure, then achieve.

This week, I invite you to think about a time when you may have turned away from something that was not right rather than trying to address it. Was it something on the news or something in your neighborhood? Something in your school or workplace? Something in your family? What supports might you need to help you lean in the next time? How might you make a difference?




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