Atty. Bryan Stevenson On Racial Injustice; Superior Donuts; Local Student In Nina Simone Biopic | WYPR

Atty. Bryan Stevenson On Racial Injustice; Superior Donuts; Local Student In Nina Simone Biopic

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, AL.
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Public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson says that our criminal justice system treats people who are rich and guilty better than those who are poor and innocent. The Equal Justice Initiative, which he founded, has won the release of more than 115 people who have been wrongfully convicted and sentenced to execution. His advocacy for the poor and people of color who confront unequal treatment in the law has earned him countless accolades and awards, and led to a best-selling book. Bryan Stevenson joins Tom to talk about his memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

Theater Critic J Wynn Rousuck has a review of Superior Donuts at ​Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick through June 19.  And, a star is born in Baltimore. Vivie Eteme is a 7th grader at the Park School. Her talent as a pianist landed her an acting role as a young Nina Simone in the biopic about the artist. We’ll talk about the journey from the practice room to the silver screen.