ACLU Texas and TSU’s Urban Research and Resource Center held its Smart Justice Kick-Off Reception, marking the beginning of the Smart Justice Speakers Bureau. Formerly incarcerated persons will participate in a 12-week curriculum designed to certify them as public speakers able to influence state legislatures, legal and non-legal entities regarding the need for criminal justice reform. Attendees included Anthony Graves, Texas Death Row exoneree #138, who birthed the Bureau idea, Terri Burke (executive Director, ACLU Texas), Sharon Watkins Jones, Marcia Johnson (URRC director), Congressman Al Green, Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Hon. Craig Washington, Kendall Harris (TSU Provost), Luckett Johnson, Aswad Walker, Evelyn Akinyemi, Danny Norris, Algenita Scott Davis, Bishop D. Kimathi Nelson, Nailah Nelson, Andreience Fields and scores more.