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Journey of Hope in Alabama at Auburn


As always with any successful event there are many to thank who helped make it so. We thank our wonderful speakers in the order in which they spoke:

Callie Greer, mother of a murder victim, GBM, advisory board member of phadp and a dear, dear friend. Callie, you are extraordinary!

Chief Leon Frazier ret. the first Alabama law enforcement member to sign on to a moratorium and also a special and eloquent friend.

Gary Drinkard, who spent 5 years on Alabama's death row for a crime he did not commit. While there, he was on our board. Gary is now on the board of Witness to Innocence. We thank WTI for its support of this event and for the important work it does around the country by bringing speakers who can speak to innocence. Gary is also on our advisory board and he is a friend we can always count on.

Queen Mother, Amelia Boynton Robinson was our final speaker. What an honor! The theme of the Journey of Hope is from Violence to Healing something Amelia Boynton Robinson has embraced all of her life. Knocked down by police and left for dead on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, she continues to speak,(at a 100 years young) about the evil of hate, the need to forgive and the importance of love. Thank you, Amelia for coming to this event and thank you Chief for knowing how much this would mean to us.

A great big thank you to Reid Rogers, chair of the Alabama Arise Student Chapter for making it all possible. My thanks also to Judy Collins of ANSC for your ongoing support.

And finally, my thanks to all of you who came. One of you summed up the message we wanted to bring: I guess I never stopped to think about the hate behind the death penalty. However, I now know how wrong it is.

Our thanks and appreciation to all of you,

Esther and the Board of Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty
Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty