2019 Black History Keynote Event
Oprah’s Book Club’s 2018 selection, “The Sun Does Shine” is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. For the next 30 years Hinton was a beacon on Death Row—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, 54 of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. He ultimately won his release in 2015. Destined to be a classic of wrongful imprisonment, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor or joy.
Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.