CHICAGO (January 13, 2015)—The Chicago office of international educational nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation are proud to present a free Community Conversation event on Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. with attorney, human rights activist and New York Times bestselling author Bryan Stevenson, who will discuss his memoir Just Mercy and inequalities in the criminal justice system. A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is a founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the United States. TheMarch 18 Community Conversation with Stevenson is open to the public and will be held in Thorne Auditorium at Northwestern University School of Law (375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL). Space is limited; free reservations are strongly recommended at 312-345-3203 or

“Bryan Stevenson is an example of how everyday people can make courageous choices to build strong and inclusive communities,” said Bonnie Oberman, director of Facing History’s Chicago office. “Realizing the importance of choices aligns with our work at Facing History as we help students understand that their actions matter in the world.” 

Bryan Stevenson has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. He also is on the faculty at New York University School of Law.

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development and lessons of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. For more information, visit

The Allstate Foundation, established in 1952, is an independent charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Foundation partners with non-profit organizations on community initiatives that promote “safe and vital communities,” “tolerance, inclusion, and diversity,” and “economic empowerment.” Teen driving and empowering victims of domestic violence have been priorities for the Foundation since 2005. For more information,