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“I was forced to become the light, illuminating everything in sight; I was forced to become the oxygen if ever I was to breathe again.” 
-Ricky Kidd

IJ & Jeanné Wagner JCC and The Rocky Mountain Innocence Center Presents:
Injustice, Resilience and Humanity

Wednesday, October 4 | JCC Social Hall
Free and Open to the Public - All Are Welcome

6:30-7:00 PM Cocktails and appetizers
7:00-7:45 PM Ricky Kidd presentation
7:45-8:15 PM Q&A

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Join Ricky Kidd, a nationally recognized speaker, author, advocate, and executive director of I Am Resilience, for a captivating story of resilience and injustice. In 2019, after spending over 23 years in prison, Ricky Kidd’s conviction for a double murder was overturned and he was released. His release marked a monumental victory for the wrongly convicted and catalyzed broader discussions on the flaws within the criminal justice system. His unwavering resilience and commitment to justice have earned him numerous accolades and recognition. He is the definition of a popular Jewish cornerstone “Tikkun Olam” – Hebrew for “repairing the world.” His experience highlights the importance of humanity and the value of maintaining hope and identity.  Beyond his advocacy work, Ricky is proving that it is possible to find redemption and rebuild one’s life after enduring profound injustice. He inspires others, showing the power of perseverance, education, and the unwavering pursuit of truth.

Ricky will be joined by Kristy Columbia, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, an organization that works to liberate those that have been wrongly convicted and incarcerated.  The Midwest Innocence Project played a key role in fighting for and ultimately securing Ricky's exoneration.


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