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Anthony Ray Hinton speaks at Vestavia library, promotes the importance of reading

Hinton talks about how reading helped free his mind during his time on death row

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) - Anthony Ray Hinton is telling his story and helping others at the same time after spending 30 years on Alabama's death row following a wrongful conviction in 1985. 

Hinton visited the Vestavia Hills Public Library Wednesday night to talk about his book "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row", which details his journey to freedom. He also discussed the importance of reading. 

The former death-row inmate says his major goal is to get more books into prison libraries. 

"I want to promote reading. I want to promote that when you read, you open up your mind to a whole world that you never thought existed," Hinton said. 

Hinton's book is the Summer 2018 Oprah Winfrey Book Club pick. Winfrey said Hinton is "a man you should know." 


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