The first-ever Social Justice Week will take place at Jesuit High School from March 15-19. Social Justice Week is a time to intentionally focus on issues regarding justice/injustice, DEI, human dignity, identity and more. During the week, we will be exploring how to continue to be an equitable, inclusive and antiracist school and will learn, listen, grow, dialogue, and celebrate the Jesuit community. A new event called Jesuit Day of Community and Action (JDOCA) will take place on Wednesday, March 17, including a Community Celebration Assembly for students, faculty, and staff.
Jesuit is proud to welcome Mr. Anthony Ray Hinton as this year's Social Justice Week keynote speaker. Mr. Hinton spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Bryan Stevenson - acclaimed public interest attorney, bestselling author of Just Mercy, and Equal Justice Initiative founder - represented Mr. Hinton and ultimately convinced the US Supreme Court to unanimously overturn Mr. Hinton's conviction. Today, Mr. Hinton is an Equal Justice Initiative Educator who advocates for abolition of the death penalty.
"We are excited to launch Jesuit's Social Justice Week! As Pope Francis reminded us recently at a meeting entitled "Building the New Social Justice," social justice is a "collective work" that must be achieved on a daily basis," says Jesuit Principal Paul Hogan. "This work has been the focus of Jesuit schools since the first one was founded in Messina, Italy 473 years ago. We are proud to continue in this tradition of solidarity with those on the margins of our world, and with Creation itself."