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76: Bryan Stevenson's JUST MERCY - A Must Read for All Human Beings

Updated: Mar 16, 2020

In this #unabridgedbookclub episode, we discuss Bryan Stevenson's nonfiction book Just Mercy.  Stevenson discusses his work as an attorney with prisoners on death row and with individuals who were sentenced to life in prison when they were children.

During our discussion, we strive to cover the plethora of issues raised by the book, including mass incarceration, the way we deal with mental disabilities and mental illness, the death penalty, and the role of poverty in the criminal justice system. Our conversation, like the book, is wide ranging both in topic and emotion as we reflect on what we gained from Stevenson's book. This truly is, as Sara says in the episode, a book that should be a "must read."


Introduction: 00:00 - 01:42

Just Mercy: 01:43 - 52:19​

Book Pairings: 52:30 - 61:10

Classroom Connections: 61:15 - 64:04

Book Pairings 

Ashley - Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

Jen - Ernest J. Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying

Other Mentions and Additional Resources

Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk: “We need to talk about an injustice

Loving film

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations

Richard Wright's Black Boy and Native Son

Patrisse Khan Cullers and Asha Bandele's When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

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