Ben Crump: Open Season (with Sunny Hostin)

Tuesday October 15: 7:00PM 8:00PM

This event is free to attend. Please RSVP Here.

Limited copies of Open Season will be available for purchase at the event. The event will take place in the Rare Book Room, accessible by the stairs or elevator at 826 Broadway.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

The former president of the National Bar Association and one of the most distinguished civil rights attorneys working today reflects on the landmark cases he has battled—including representing Trayvon Martin’s family—and offers a disturbing look at how the justice system is used to promote injustice in this memoir and clarion call as shocking and important as the bestsellers Just Mercy and Slavery by Another Name and Ava DuVernay’s film 13th. 

Benjamin Crump firmly believes in the Constitution and its legal protections—that civil rights legislation covers all Americans, not just those privileged by race, wealth, or pedigree. A fierce and passionate advocate, he has devoted his career to fighting for justice for America’s marginalized. Open Season is his inspiring journey working on some of the most egregious cases that have shocked the nation, including those of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. 

Shaped by his first-hand experience handling civil litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout the country, Open Season reveals the often hidden and systemic injustices minorities face, and illuminates how discrimination in the courthouse devastates real families and communities. Chronicling some of his most memorable legal battles, this brilliant litigator shockingly makes clear how our system is devised for certain people to lose and others to win, and, using evidence and facts, exposes how it is legal to harm—with the intent to destroy—people of color. 

America must live up to its promise to protect the rights of its citizens equally, Crump maintains. Thoughtful, well-reasoned, and powerfully persuasive, Open Season details one man's life mission preserving the hard-won justice for all. 

Join us in the Rare Book Room as leading US civil rights attorney Ben Crump discusses his new book with Sunny Hostin.

Ben Crump is the founder and principal owner of Ben Crump Law. A nationally known civil rights and personal injury attorney, Crump has established himself as one of the nation’s foremost lawyers and advocates for social justice. Ben was the 73rd President of the National Bar Association. He has been named among The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers and Ebony's Power 100. He is a recipient of the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award, the SCLC Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award, the National Urban League's Whitney Young Award, the TVOne/NAN Triumph Award, and the AKA Eleanor Roosevelt Award. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

Sunny Hostin is the Emmy-nominated co-host of The View and Emmy-Winning Senior Legal Correspondent for ABC News. Over her decade long career that has included working at CNN, Sunny has brought clarity and context to some of the biggest stories of our time including the Bernie Madoff scandal unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, Bill Cosby Rape Allegations and more. She recently announced that she will host and executive produce a six-episode documentary series titled Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin, in which she will show viewers how cases are solved by examining evidence with law enforcement and forensic experts who were first assigned to the case. The series will premiere on Investigation Discovery this fall.

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