8/13 | Death Penalty Abolition

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Photo: Audra Melton for The New York Times

Anthony Ray Hinton*, Alexis Hoag, Bryan Stevenson*, and Bernard E. Harcourt

read and discuss

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

by Bryan Stevenson

Valuing Black Lives: A Case for Ending the Death Penalty

by Alexis J. Hoag

Thursday, January 14, 2021

6:15-8:45 pm

Columbia University


In this seminar, we will explore the long struggle to abolish the death penalty.

“If we think about capital punishment as an inheritance of slavery, its abolition would also involve the creation of those institutions about which DuBois wrote—institutions that still remain to be built one hundred forty years after the end of slavery. If we link the abolition of capital punishment to the abolition of prisons, then we have to be willing to let go of the alternative of life without possibility of parole as the primary alternative.”

— Angela Davis, Abolition Democracy (2005)



Praxis 10/13 at Columbia University, March 6, 2019