Current concerns about issues of poverty, racism and our justice system will be the focus of a new book club, The Social Justice Book Club, which will discuss Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy”. Stevenson is an attorney, human rights activist, and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. His memoir tells the story of a young lawyer becoming aware of the extent of extreme punishments and careless justice in our country while trying to help many in dire circumstances. It is a truly inspiring story of humanity and empathy in the most desperate conditions.
Stevenson has been called “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” His work has generated national attention and reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. He calls attention, also, to the many children given “death in prison” or “life without parole” sentences that often include solitary confinement even for young teens. Stevenson started the Equal Justice initiative on a shoestring budget. It is dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people.
Stevenson is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction. He was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2015.
Many copies of “Just Mercy” are available at The Woods Hole Public Library. Refreshments will be served. A book list for participants to consider for future discussions will be distributed. A second meeting at the library will take place on August 3, 2016 when guest speakers will attend.