Lisa Bloom – “Suspicion Nation” On February 26, 2012, an unarmed Black teenager was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer in central Florida. Over the following year, the nation was transfixed by the details and by standoffs between those who argued that George Zimmerman was within his rights to kill Trayvon Martin, and those who said Trayvon was the victim of an overzealous racist vigilante. Now, two years later, the question remains: why is Zimmerman walking free? In a new book, “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It”, civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom blames a botched prosecution and pervasive racial bias in the American justice system.
Shyima Hall – “Hidden Girl” At 8 years old, Shyima Hall was sold into slavery by her desperately poor Egyptian family to repay a debt. After several years of bondage in Egypt, her wealthy captors moved to the United States and smuggled her into the country with them. As a domestic slave in a gated community in Southern California, she was forced to work day and night before being rescued after an anonymous tip to law enforcement in 2002. In the heartbreaking memoir, “Hidden Girl”, Hall recounts her experience as a domestic slave and her work to help other victims of human trafficking.