In making their choice, the Arkansas ACLU cited Professor Aiyetoroâ€™s work on the death penalty and her life-long devotion to social justice on a number of fronts, including racial justice and criminal justice. The Arkansas ACLU noted that, “She has bravely offered a sometimes unwelcome reminder that racism in Arkansas and America is not ‘over.'”
Part of Professor Aiyetoroâ€™s service has included sitting on the ACLU board and on its legal panel. She worked with the ACLU National Prison Project from 1981 until 1992.