Reading Across Rhode Island Kick Off

Sunday, January 29, 2017

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Cost: $15

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Sun, 2017-01-29 14:00 - 16:00

Readers are invited to join Reading Across Rhode Island Honorary Chairs Judges Judith Colenback Savage and Edward C. Clifton, both retired trial justices of the Rhode Island Superior Court and Distinguished Jurists in Residence at Roger Williams University School of Law as they lead a distinguished panel for an engaging introduction to the book's themes of proximity, understanding, and justice.

Panelists include:

Tara Allen, Rhode Island Assistant Federal Public Defender

Noah Kilroy, Esq., Kilroy Delgado Law Group

Anthony Robertson, Detective, Providence Police Department

Erlin Rogel, Teacher, Gilbert Stuart Middle School

Jordan Seaberry, Director for Public Policy and Advocacy, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence

Julia Steiny, Founder and Director, Youth Restoration Project

The kick-off event will give book group leaders an introduction to resources and materials provided through Reading Across Rhode Island to catalyze interesting discussions. Presentations will also be made by students from Youth in Action, a youth leadership after school organization based in the south side of Providence and by Maiyah Gamble-Rivers, Manager of Programs and Outreach at Brown University's Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice along with students from Hope High School about their experiences visiting the Equal Justice Initiative.

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If you're a current student interested in attending for free please contact Kate Lentz at

About the Book:

An unforgettable true story about the redeeming potential of mercy. Bryan Stevenson was a gifted young attorney when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of our criminal justice system.