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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Esther Brown

Esther Brown is the Executive Director of Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty, an Alabama death row organization. The Board of Directors as well as its Chairman are on death row at Holman Prison and are in touch by phone on a daily basis. All decisions are made jointly whenever possible.

Esther has been in active opposition to the death penalty for 29 years. Her work includes investigating three death penalty cases in Florida and Alabama. She is a retired Psychiatric Social Worker and worked in the field of substance abuse, HIV and with the developmentally delayed population. She has an M.A. from Providence College in Rhode Island and a B.A. from U.R.I. She is a murder victim family member and also witnessed the execution of two close friends.

In Alabama, Esther is a member of the Alabama New South Coalition and Alabama Arise. She is the chairperson of the NAACP Alabama State Conference death penalty/moratorium committee. Under her watch 42 Alabama city councils/county commissions came out in support of a moratorium. She was able to garner the support of 32 Murder Victim Family members, as well as of 8 law enforcement members. Many churches and organizations also signed on in support.

She has received various awards for her work, most recently the Pursuit of Justice Award from the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 2010 and in 2011 the Special Committee of the Year by the AL State Conference of the NAACP. She met to discuss the moratorium with the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Dr. Philip Alston in 2008 and in 2012 was part of the AL State NAACP team which met with the AL Attorney General.

She has appeared on television several times including two appearances on Alabama Public TV’s For the Record with Tim Lennox. She was part of a documentary about activism, Daddy, Daddy USA. Pierre Hodgson, Paris. She has been interviewed for numerous papers across Alabama, written Op-Ed articles, and featured as a death penalty expert on radio talk show programs.


Journey of Hope Board Member 

Joined the following journeys

2012 Alabama