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Northeastern University hosted Bryan Stevenson, one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates at the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute on June 15, 2017. A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is a founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the U.S. He recently served on President Obama’s task force on 21st-century policing.

In his introduction, Richard O’Bryant, director of Northeastern’s John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, called Stevenson “one of the most visionary leaders of our time.”

“There are some things we need to do to change the world,” Stevenson said, “and there’s a great need for it. This country is in a challenging place, and a lot of people have become indifferent to the plight of this crisis.”