No one I have represented has inspired me more than Anthony Ray Hinton and I believe his compelling and unique story will similarly inspire our nation and readers all over the world.
— Bryan Stevenson, New York Times Bestselling Author, Just Mercy
If there is ever a story that needs to be told, it is this one. Anthony Ray Hinton is extraordinary, an example to us all of the power of the human spirit to rise above complete injustice. He is using his experience as a way to turn the broken criminal justice system upside down.
— Richard Branson
The Sun Does Shine, collaboratively written with Hardin, is a troubling, moving, and ultimately exalting journey through the decades Hinton lived under the threat of death while an unjust system that refused to acknowledge mistakes failed him repeatedly.
— Booklist, starred review
Anthony Ray Hinton was released in April 2015 after spending 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a crime he did not commit. He was released with the help of the Equal Justice Initiative, where he serves as EJI’s Community Educator. Please note: the venue has changed to Seattle First Baptist Church.
Hinton has spoken at dozens of universities and conferences over the last two and half years and is an incredibly compelling speaker and powerful advocate for changes to the criminal justice system. More information about his story is available here. His inspirational memoir, The Sun Does Shine, How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row was released March 27, 2018. In June 2018, Oprah chose The Sun Does Shine for her Book Club.
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Transportation & Parking
Driving from Southbound I-5
Take exit 168A for Boylston Ave toward Roanoke St.
Merge onto Boylston, and then make a left on E Roanoke. Make a right on 10th Ave E and continue for a little over a mile. Turn left on E Aloha St, and four blocks down, take a right onto 12th Ave E. Continue on 12th Ave E for about a mile, and then make a right onto E Union St. After three blocks, bear left, and then make a left onto Harvard Ave. The church will be on your right.
Driving from Northbound I-5
Take exit 164A for Dearborn St toward James St/Madison St. Keep left to continue toward 7th Ave, and then use the 2nd from the right lane to follow signs for I-5 N/Vancouver B.C./Madison St/Convention Center. Keep right, following signs for Madison St, and merge onto 7th Ave. Take the first right, onto Madison St., and then turn left on Broadway and make another left onto Harvard Ave. The church will be on your left.
King County bus route 2 stops on Seneca Street right in front of the church. Other bus routes stopping within three blocks of the church include 9, 11, 12, 43, 49, and 60. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The First Hill streetcar runs on Broadway, passing within one block of the church. Stops are available at Marion St. and Pike St., with about a three-block walk from either stop.
Paid parking is available in the lot adjacent to the church and street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.
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