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Why This Book Matters:

The Sun Does Shine tells the exhilarating story of an honest man who fought for his freedom from prison after being found guilty of killings he did not commit.

The Big Takeaways:

  1. Hinton, a black man in Alabama, lived his childhood in racial discrimination in the 1970s.
    1. If Hinton stole a car in 1975 to avoid hitchhiking and was arrested for it two years later.
  2. Two white police officers arrested him for murders he did not commit.
    1. The police told him it didn’t matter if he did it or not because another black man did. A polygraph proved his integrity, but the results were not used in court.
  3. Hinton lived on death row and was denied any sense of self-worth.
    1. He appealed his biased sentence but was denied freedom.
  4. Hinton learned that others on death row had more in common with him than originally thought.
    1. His white friend on death row was executed for the death of a black man, which was significant to the world, but to Hinton it meant he lost another friend.
  5. A Supreme Court ruling provided Hinton with what he had been hoping for during his sentence.
    1. The ruling stated that Hinton’s lawyer did fail him, and the state of Alabama must reconsider whether these failures produced a biased conviction. The charges were dropped, and Hinton walked free.

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