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DEI Common Read "Just Mercy" Resource Guide

This guide was created to provide resources to faculty, staff, and students that will enhance and support the reading of the DEI Common Read book "Just Mercy". Direct comments to Stacy Arth,

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Image of cover of Common Read book, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson


"An unforgettable true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America — from one of the most inspiring lawyers of our time.  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 machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice."

Access to Copies of "Just Mercy"

You can also find print copies of the book at our Annandale, Alexandria, Loudon, Manassas, and Woodbridge campus libraries with the following call number: KF373.S743 A3 2014

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