Date Change for MaryRuth Weir Dinner

posted Sep 1, 2016, 2:10 PM by Kathryn Hamoudah

We are writing to share that due to family related matters, Sister Helen Prejean will not be able to be the keynote speaker for the dinner, originally scheduled for Thursday, September 15. 

While we are sorry to hear the circumstances that won’t allow Sister Helen to be present; we are very excited to share that Tony Amadeo will be our keynote speaker at the dinner on Thursday, October 6. 

A little about Tony: 

Tony Amadeo, a longtime Southern Center for Human Rights client was granted parole last fall in Alabama after serving 38 years in prison.  

The full story is too long to include in this e-mail.  But here’s a brief and incomplete summary: Tony was sentenced to death in Georgia and also charged with capital murder in Alabama in 1977.  SCHR and others took on Tony’s case, obtained reversal of the Georgia conviction and death sentence thanks to a critical decision from the United States Supreme Court (Amadeo v. Zant), and then resolved both the Georgia case and the Alabama case for consecutive life sentences. In prison, Tony made the most of his time and accomplished amazing things.  He assembled a perfect institutional record, graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University, and earned the respect of everyone he encountered.  

Here is a nice new story on Tony:

We are very lucky and honored to host Tony. We are in a moment when our state has executed 6 people this year and there will likely be more. Tony and other death row survivors are a very important reminder about why we do this work. 

Thank you all for your flexibility and we very much look forward to seeing you on October 6. 

We will more information about how to purchase tickets very soon.