In the beginning, Mister Rogers was just a comforting distraction. A little background noise, some bright colors for eyes that could only make out large blobs. Soon, he became part of our day. My husband would leave before it was light outside, but inside I sat in the glow of the television for 30 minutes each morning.
The founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, this activist, attorney and McArthur Genius Grant recipient has dedicated his life to fixing what many perceive as a broken justice system. He won the landmark Supreme Court case striking down life sentences for juveniles, just one issue he details in Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.