Esperanza Spalding to Perform at Innocence Network Conference March in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King

03.24.18 By Innocence Staff

Esperanza Spalding rehearsing before Innocence Network March in Memphis, Tennessee.

Esperanza Spalding rehearsing before Innocence Network March in Memphis, Tennessee.

Innocence Network Conference will March for Justice in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis

March, which includes exonerees, their family members and Network members, will conclude at National Civil Rights Museum with a performance by Spalding 

On Saturday, March 24th, exonerees, their family members and Innocence Network members will march together in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the precipice of the anniversary of his assassination to conclude its two-day annual network conference in Memphis, Tennessee. The march route is just under a mile and will commence at the Memphis Peabody Hotel and convene at the National Civil Rights Museum for an outdoor rally featuring eight exoneree speakers. In addition to the Innocence Network’s fight for justice for the wrongfully convicted and its connection to Dr. King’s work, speakers will touch upon contributing systemic factors and the need for changes in policies across the nation. Some of the issues to be highlighted include: inadequate representation, the impact of wrongful convictions on families, inadequate compensation laws, the flawed death penalty that puts innocent people at risk of execution, forensic practices that are not based on science and the pressure for innocent people to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit.


2018 Innocence Network Conference attendees march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King


Grammy Award Winning Artist and Innocence Project Ambassador Espranza Spalding; Innocence Project Co-Founders and Directors Barry Scheck and Peter Neufled; Witness to Innocence Executive Director Magdaleno “Leno” Rose-Avila; Cornelius Dupree, exonerated in Texas in 2011; Malcolm Alexander, exonerated in Louisianain 2018; Malcolm Stewart, son of exoneree Malcolm Alexander; Obie Anthony, exonerated in Californiain 2011; Denise Anthony, wife of Obie Anthony; Kirk Bloodsworth exonerated in Maryland, 1993 and the first to have served time on death row; Kristine Bunch, exonerated in Indiana in 2012; and Rodney Roberts, exonerated in New Jersey in 2014.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

5:15pm  – Innocence Network march commences, The Peabody Memphis Hotel, 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN

Esperanza Spalding and Innocence Project staff rehearsing in Memphis, Tennessee.

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