What One Activist Learned From Evil

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Late one night in the summer of 2010, Shannon Sedgwick Davis—a lawyer, human rights advocate, and Texas mom to two young boys—met with a Ugandan general to discuss an unconventional plan to stop Joseph Kony, a murderous warlord who’d terrorized communities in four countries across Central and East Africa with his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Her memoir, TO STOP A WARLORD: My Story of Justice, Grace and the Fight for Peace, is the first time she tells the story in its entirety of how she, the charitable foundation she leads, and a multitude of local unsung heroes, dedicated individuals, and philanthropists came together and wrote a playbook to stop injustice on an unprecedented scale.

In this Q&A episode with Erik Lokkesmoe, Shannon opens up about this journey, what she has learned along the way, and how we can advance good in the midst of complicated and heartbreaking issues.