The Alabama Colloquium

On February 28, 2022, we honored our two newest Alabama Humanities Fellows: Bryan Stevenson (pictured) and the late John Lewis. The sold-out event took place in Montgomery and featured a conversation with Mr. Stevenson, a tribute to Rep. Lewis, and an original poem for the occasion by Alabama's new poet laureate, Ashley M. Jones.

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Honoring our Alabama Humanities Fellows of 2022

The Alabama Humanities Alliance bestows its highest honor to Alabamians who have made our state and nation a smarter, kinder, and more vibrant place to live. All through the humanities.

Since 1989, we’ve honored writers and historians, community leaders and big thinkers, civil rights icons and storytelling legends. Alabamians who challenge us to examine what it means to be human. And who help us see our state’s diverse communities, rich cultures, and fellow neighbors more clearly — and with more empathy.

On February 28, 2022, we added two more Fellows to these ranks at The Alabama Colloquium in Montgomery: Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, and the late civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis. Learn more about the event, which was presented by Regions Bank and the Montgomery County Commission.




•  An exclusive tour of The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration
•  A sit-down conversation between Bryan Stevenson, and NPR’s Michel Martin
•  Presentations by the Hon. Myron H. Thompson and Cynthia Tucker
•  An original poem by Alabama Poet Laureate Ashley M. Jones
•  A tribute to the life and legacy of Rep. John Lewis
•  Award presentations and an audience Q&A

A restored 1957 Freedom Rides-era Greyhound bus — provided by our friends at the Freedom Rides Museum, in honor of Freedom Rider John Lewis — was also displayed at the event.

The Alabama Humanities Alliance presented the following awards at the 2022 Alabama Colloquium:
•  Alabama Humanities Fellows: John Lewis + Bryan Stevenson
•  Wayne Greenhaw Service to the Humanities Awards: Trey Granger + Hon. Sally Greenhaw
•  Charitable Organization in the Humanities Award: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Learn more about these awards and our past honorees

2022 Fellow: Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson is founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. He has also led the creation of the acclaimed Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

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2022 Fellow: The late John Lewis

Alabama native and civil rights icon John Lewis (1940-2020) was a Freedom Rider, an American statesman, and the long-time "Conscience of Congress" for his commitment to justice and nonviolence and his fight for civil and human rights.

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Event moderator: Michel Martin

Michel Martin is the weekend host of NPR's "All Things Considered." She has spent more than 25 years as a journalist, won an Emmy, and earned election into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in journalism.

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Alabama Poet Laureate: Ashley M. Jones

Ashley M. Jones is the poet laureate of Alabama (2022-2026). She is the first Black poet laureate and the youngest poet laureate in state history. Jones is also an award-winning author, teacher, and founder of the Magic City Poetry Festival.

Learn more about Ashley M. Jones