Title: Just Mercy
Author: Bryan Stevenson
Synopsis: “Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.”
Why I can’t live without this book: If you’ve been around for any length of time, you know there’s not a book I recommend more highly. When it comes to conversations of race in America today, this is a starting point. When it comes to understanding justice and mercy, in particular in the legal system and as it relates to those who’ve been wrongly accused, this is a crucial read for all of us. I don’t know what else I can say but I was changed by reading this book (and by having seen him in person), and I know you will be, too.
(One of my) favorite quotes: “Proximity has taught me some basic and humbling truths, including this vital lesson: Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. … The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.” Get proximate, y’all!
So, Just Mercy: have you read it? Did it change you? HOW did it change you is the question we should be asking here.
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