On April 4, 2022, Merion Mercy Academy sponsored "Ray of Hope: A Conversation About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" at Saint Joseph's University. The event featured PBS's Tell Me More host Kelly Corrigan and her guest Anthony Ray Hinton who spent nearly 30 years on death row for crimes he did not commit. Head of School Laura Farrell was among the attendees and she remarked, "As someone who has seen many speakers over the years, very few have touched me the way Mr. Hinton did."
Mrs. Farrell added, "In addition to embodying everything we need to teach our children about diversity, equity and inclusion and living in a non-judgmental way, his message was about choosing freedom in captivity, caring over indifference, and love over hate. He also shared how he built community in one of the least hospitable environments imaginable."
Also in attendance at the event was Merion Mercy Language Arts teacher Carol Restifo who said, "Wow! Initially, after hearing about the way in which Mr.Hinton was arrested, I was overcome with rage and sadness. The outright and admitted racism of this act triggered a sense of 'not again' and 'will this ever end?'. As I listened to his approach to his incarceration, both during the first three years and during the many remaining years, I was struck by his ability—and willingness—to turn this horror into an extended moment for outreach and compassion. His sense of humor seemed unbelievable and yet so very endearing. This man truly is a living saint! I just wish many more people could hear him, watch him and see what power he has."
To that end, MMA is pleased to share the link to this inspiring interview on the Tell Me More website.