Just Mercy

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UUA Common Read for 2015-2016

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, is an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice and for the importance of changing the conversation about race in the U.S. 

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 machinations, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

We will ultimately not be judged by our technology, we won’t be judged by our design, we won’t be judged by our intellect and reason. Ultimately, you judge the character of a society . . . by how they treat the poor, the condemned, the incarcerated. – Bryan Stevenson

TED Talk - Bryan Stevenson

Book Review: Washington Post

Book Review: New York Times

Fresh Air Interview: One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'