True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality has been nominated for a Peabody Award, the program’s Board of Jurors announced on Wednesday. The Peabodys honor the most powerful, enlightening, and invigorating stories in television, radio, and digital media.
True Justice is one of 60 nominees chosen from nearly 1,300 entries from television, radio/podcasts, and the web in entertainment, news, documentary, children’s, and public service programming.
The documentary follows 30 years of EJI’s work on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Told primarily in his own words, True Justice shares Bryan Stevenson’s experience with a criminal justice system that “treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent.”
Since the first Peabodys were awarded in 1941, the prestigious award has recognized excellence in quality storytelling, with a focus on socially conscious stories that change the narrative on critical issues including racism, criminal justice, women’s rights, and the environment. The winners will be announced at a future date.
“Peabody is proud to champion this year’s nominees who inspire our connection, provoke our thinking and delight our senses,” Executive Director of Peabody Jeffrey P. Jones said in a statement.
NAMIC Vision Award Winner
Also on Wednesday, the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) announced that True Justice is the winner of its 26th annual Vision Award in the documentary category.
The premier organization focusing on cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion in the communications industry, NAMIC’s Vision Awards honor programming that reflects the lives, spirit, and contributions of people of color that mirror the diverse composition of the viewing audience.