The 2016-17 Campus ReadOur Campus Read book selection for the 2016-2017 academic year is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson.
In this memoir, Stevenson recounts his time in the American South working with inmates on death row, starting when he was an intern unsure of what to do with his life. His experience led him to work for justice within a flawed legal system.
A Harvard Law graduate, Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly convicted, women and children.
Just Mercy will challenge students and community members alike to consider the ways American jurisprudence works - or does not work - for people of different races and those from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
If you've enjoyed the Serial podcast or the Making of a Murderer series, you'll be drawn into the main theme that structures the book: the story of Walter McMillian, a young man condemned to die for a murder he did not commit.
"You ultimately judge the civility of a society not by how it treats the rich, the powerful, the protected and the highly esteemed, but by how it treats the poor, the disfavored and the disadvantaged." Bryan Stevenson