The Common Reading Program at Appalachian State University announces its 2019-20 book selection — Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.
Just Mercy details the injustices of a broken criminal justice system that punishes poor people, and Stevenson’s work to improve that system.
Bryan Stevenson is a graduate of Harvard Law School and founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Stevenson has dedicated his career as a public interest lawyer to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. The Equal Justice Initiative has exonerated innocent death row prisoners, won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, aided children prosecuted as adults, and opposed the abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill. Stevenson successfully argued in the U.S. Supreme Court that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional.
Most recently, with the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson founded the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, also known as the Lynching Memorial, in Montgomery, Alabama.
Stevenson will give a public talk, followed by a book signing, starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 at (Location TBA). The event will be free and open to the public.