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NAACP President Visits EWU

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Presentation: “Sentenced to Life: One Man’s Story of Imprisonment and Freedom.”

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"Sentenced to Life: One Man's Story of Imprisonment and Freedom."

SAIL, in collaboration with the Africana Studies Education Department, would like to invite the campus to hear a powerful story of one man's journey to freedom.

At age 18, Gerald Hankerson was tried and convicted of accessory to a crime that resulted in him being sentenced to life without parole in 1987. Hankerson was the alleged accomplice when others falsely implicated him as the 2nd teenager involved, which resulted in his conviction and de facto death sentence.

On April 9, 2009, at the age of 40, Hankerson was granted clemency and released from prison after serving 23 years, and became the first man in Washington state history to be granted a pardon after being sentenced to death.

Today, Hankerson is the president of the NAACP Alaska, Oregon and Washington, as well as a board member of The Defender's Association. He also serves on the state's advisory board of the Office of Public Defense, and is a member of Seattle's Race & Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) Roundtable that deals with educational issues in an effort to off-set the widening achievement gap of minority students. He travels around the state and country discussing issues of race and the criminal justice system, as well as speaking at local schools and juvenile centers addressing issues of youth at risk. Please join us Wednesday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-noon in Showalter Auditorium to hear Mr. Hankerson speak.

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