We are haunted by our history of racial injustice in America because we don't talk about it. Ending mass incarceration and achieving equality, justice, and fairness for all Americans starts with learning and sharing the truth about our past.
For more than 30 years, EJI lawyers have been winning relief for clients by telling their stories. We’ve overturned wrongful convictions and unfair sentences by exposing official misconduct and racial bias. We’ve had tremendous success in courtrooms across the country. But America needs a deeper and broader narrative shift to move from mass incarceration into an era of truth and justice: we need to honestly confront our history.
To help people learn, share, talk, and teach about America’s history of racial injustice and its legacy, we built a powerful tool kit that includes groundbreaking reports and interactive websites, lesson plans, and powerful films like Just Mercy and the HBO documentary True Justice that underscore the urgency of reform.
We’re also harnessing the power of place to change a physical landscape littered with thousands of Confederate monuments but next to none about slavery or lynching. We’re working with communities to install historical markers and collect soil from lynching sites, and more than a million people have come to our Legacy Sites in Montgomery to learn, remember, and commit to truth telling about our history.
EJI’s public education projects include bestselling books, documentary and feature films, videos, websites, reports, lesson plans, and community programs.