March 30, 2017 6-7:30 PM
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Join us to discuss Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Author Bryan Stevenson was recently named 2017 Stowe Prize winner for this unforgettable memoir. A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, Just Mercy is a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice.
Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a civil rights law practice dedicated to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenging racial economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
One of his first cases was Walter McMillian, a man convicted and sentenced to die for the murder of a young white woman in Monroeville, Alabama, despite the state’s lack of tangible evidence. The case drew Stevenson into a tangle of conspiracy, political machinations, and legal brinksmanship, and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice.
“Just Mercy is every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so. . . . [It] demonstrates, as powerfully as any book on criminal justice that I’ve ever read, the extent to which brutality, unfairness, and racial bias continue to infect criminal law in the United States. But at the same time that [Bryan] Stevenson tells an utterly damning story of deep-seated and widespread injustice, he also recounts instances of human compassion, understanding, mercy, and justice that offer hope. . . . Just Mercy is a remarkable amalgam, at once a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.”—David Cole, The New York Review of Books