(Info courtesy of State Rep Reginald Meeks)
Louisville, KY - The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY) and The Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (KCADP) are proud to bring national advocacy group Journey of Hope (JOH) to the University of Louisville.
The program, co-sponsored by The Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice, The Kent School of Social Work, The College of Arts and Sciences and the student organizations for Amnesty International, Pan-African Studies and NAACP will take place on Monday, November 2nd from 5:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m at the Chao Auditorium in the Ekstrom Library.
The Journey of Hope is a nationwide effort to bring together people involved in the tragedy of murder and our capital punishment system in order to share their stories. The program at U of L is part of a statewide tour of college campuses that will offer Kentuckians the opportunity to hear and learn from very personal accounts about the devastating impact of the capital punishment system on victims and the accused alike.
Kentucky’s Journey of Hope will feature founder Bill Pelke, who, up until his grandmother’s murder, supported the death penalty. The retired steelworker experienced a spiritual transformation in 1986 and worked to save his grandmother’s assailant from execution. Joining Pelke will be Shujaa Graham, who was exonerated from death row after being framed for the 1973 murder of a prison guard in Stockton, CA and Terri Steinberg who is the mother of Justin Wolfe, Virginia’s youngest death row resident.
The Journey of Hope tour is a precursor to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) Conference, which will be held in Louisville in January.
Program is free to the public.
Kate Miller M.S.S.W, Program Associate of ACLU