“Dead Man Walking” Author Sister Helen Prejean to Mark “Students Against the Death Penalty Day”

Death Row Exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth will also Give Remarks


Washington, D.C., Feb. 23, 2012 - Sister Helen Prejean, the anti-death-penalty activist whose book, "Dead Man Walking," was turned into an Oscar-nominated movie, will speak at American University Washington College of Law, Thursday, March 1 at noon. The event, “Dead Man Walking: Join Us to End the Death Penalty,” will mark Annual Students Against the Death Penalty Day, and is presented by the National Lawyers Guild and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Prejean's death penalty work began in 1981 when she began corresponding with a man on Death Row in Louisiana. She visited him regularly and turned the experience into her book, which won the Pulitzer Prize and was a New York Times bestseller before it was turned into a movie, a play, and an opera. Prejean's second book, "The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions," chronicles the stories of the executions of two men. Prejean witnessed the executions, and believed both men were innocent.

Kirk Bloodsworth, the first person to be exonerated from death row through post-conviction DNA testing, will also give remarks.

Visit the event website for more information or to register.

Dead Man Walking: Join Us to End the Death Penalty
American University Washington College of Law, 6th Floor
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington D.C.
Thursday, March 1
Noon-2:00 p.m.

Media interested in attending the event should contact Megan Smith, 202-274-4276.


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