Organizations Sponsor Death Penalty Awareness Week

Truman’s Amnesty International chapter and the Catholic Newman Center are sponsoring Death Penalty Awareness Week Sept. 9-14. The event is meant to raise awareness and dialogue about the death penalty as an American institution.

A full slate of activities is in place to compliment the week of awareness. A panel discussion on the issues surrounding the death penalty occurs at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. The movie “Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story,” a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, highlighting the life of former Crips gang leader, Stan Tookie Williams, and his denouncement of gang violence, will be shown at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.

The week ends with keynote speaker Sister Helen Prejean, anti-death penalty advocate and author of “Dead Man Walking,” presenting at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 in Baldwin Auditorium. Sister Prejean, a New York Times best selling author and internationally recognized anti-death penalty advocate will speak on her experiences as a spiritual adviser to those on death row.

All events are open to the public with no admission charged. Contact Elizabeth Hobbs, public relations chairwoman for Truman’s Amnesty International chapter, at for more information.
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