Man wrongly convicted of murder will speak at ETSU Thursday
Published 11:18 am Friday, October 6, 2023
JOHNSON CITY – In 1985, law enforcement officials arrested Anthony Ray Hinton for the murder of two fast food managers in Birmingham, Ala. Until 2015, Hinton was behind bars.
There was one catch: Hinton didn’t actually commit the crimes.
“A virulent brew of racism, prosecutorial misconduct, poverty and cruel indifference to the innocence of this man led to his incarceration,” said Dr. Daryl Carter, professor of history, associate dean for community relations and outreach and director of the Black American Studies Program at ETSU.
Hinton is coming to ETSU next week to share his story.
The author of two well-received books, “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life” and “Freedom on Death Row,” Hinton’s work was recounted as an Oprah Book Club 2018 Selection. Today, he speaks to universities across the United States, working for the Equal Justice Initiative, a group that provided legal assistance for his release.
The event is set for Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Grand Soldiers Ballroom at the Carnegie Hotel, located across the street from ETSU’s main campus.
It is free and open to the public.
Following remarks, Hinton will hold a question-and-answer session with the audience and sign books.
“This is an excellent opportunity to come and engage with someone whose life story is simply incredible,” said Carter. “We invite all students, faculty, staff and the community to attend.”