Tennessee native Cyntoia Brown-Long is set to speak at Dillard University President’s Lecture Series, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Georges Auditorium located in the Professional Schools Building (PSB) on the Dillard University campus, 2601 Gentilly Blvd.

Brown-Long caught the attention of the public when social media and the news caught wind of her unjustly case and trial. Many high-profile attorneys and celebrities were among those who advocated for her clemency.

She was convicted of aggravated assault and first-degree murder in 2006, after she fatally shot Johnny Allen, who solicited her for sex. At the time, she was a 16-years-old victim of sex trafficking, yet was sentenced to life in prison.

While in prison, Brown-Long earned an associate degree and bachelor’s degree at Lipscomb University in Nashville. She was active in community service and prison ministry. In 2019, she was released from prison after Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam granted her clemency.

In October 2019, Brown-Long’s memoir,  Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System, was released.

The event taking place at Dillard University will be free to the public.

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