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Framed for a crime he didn't commit

Date: 2/23/2010

Death Penalty Speaker: Shujaa Graham
February 24, 2010
Physical Education Center, Shander Room, at 6 p.m.
Alvernia University Main Campus

Framed for a crime he didn't commit

Shujaa Graham was framed for a crime he didn't commit in 1976 in California and sentenced to the death penalty. After fighting for his freedom for more than five years, he was proven innocent in 1981 and relased from prison. Since then, Shujaa has toured the country speaking out against injustices such as the death penalty. On Wednesday, February 24, he will visit Alvernia University as part of Witness to Innocence, an organization that fights against the death penalty by helping other death row exonerees like Shujaa to tell their stories.

For more information about this event, contact Daniel Flynn or visit the Witness to Innocence website.

Hosting this event are three Alvernia clubs: STOP (Students Teaching Others Peace), Criminal Justice Association, and Honors Council.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.