Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
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Bryan Stevenson, one of the country's most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates, will talk about his new book, "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption." Among the first cases he took on was that of Walter McMillan, a black man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The book follows the suspenseful battle to free Walters before the state executes him, while also stepping back to tell the profoundly moving stories of men, women, and even children, who found themselves at the mercy of a system often incapable of showing it. Bryan Stevenson is the Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America's most rejected and marginalized people. He also serves on the U.S. Programs board for the Open Society Foundations. This event is part of OSI-Baltimore's Talking About Race Series, co-sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, which continues to explore the many facets of this complex subject.