Surviving Injustice

Rickey Jackson, Mark Godsey & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Jan 09, 2022, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm,   Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102, Amsterdam
2022-01-09 15:00:00 2022-01-09 16.30:00 Europe/Amsterdam Surviving Injustice (The John Adams Institute) Rickey Jackson, Mark Godsey & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102, Amsterdam The John Adams Institute

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Locked up for a murder he didn’t commit, Rickey Jackson served the longest sentence of any US inmate later found to be innocent.

The John Adams Institute, together with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, are honored to host a talk by Rickey Jackson. He will share the lessons he learned about freedom and forgiveness – after 39 years of wrongful imprisonment.

During the event, musicians of the Concertgebouw Orchestra will play works by the American composers Julia Wolfe and Gabriella Smith and the work Grab It! by JacobTV (Jacob ter Veldhuis), a musical ‘battle’ between the musicians and samples of voices of American prisoners on death row.

Picture: Rickey Jackson (right) and Mark Godsey at the moment of Rickey’s exoneration.

Rickey Jackson was convicted in a 1975 of murder and robbery. The sole evidence against Rickey was the false, coerced eyewitness testimony of a 12-year-old boy. The boy later tried to back out of the lie, but the police told him it was too late to change his story. In 2011, attorneys with the Ohio Innocence Project filed a petition for a new trial, and in November 2014 the charges against Rickey were dismissed.

The Innocence Project is a nationwide organization which exonerates the wrongly convicted and works to reform the criminal justice system. After the talk by Jackson, we will be joined by Mark Godsey, director of the Innocence Project in Ohio, one of the most successful chapters of this non-profit organization. Godsey wrote a book called Blind Injustice about his work. He will discuss how wrongful convictions devastate lives and families, and how Black people are disproportionately criminalized in the US penal system.

Click here to buy the book at Atheneaum Boekhandel with a 10% discount (use code JOHNADAMS2022).

© Made in America illustration by Christopher DeLorenzo

This event is part of the Concertgebouw Orchestra’s three-week long program Made In America, which explores music from the United States in all its diversity.


With special thanks to Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre.

Moderator: Tracy Metz

In collaboration with: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra


Please note (subject to change):

All attendees of this event must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have tested negative for COVID-19 within 24 hours of attending the event.  In attending the event you certify and attest that you and all individuals in your party attending the event:

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You will not attend the event if you have recently been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case or are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in the 24 hour period prior to the event.