Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson @PenguinRandomCA #JustMercy

Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It was purely coincidental that I read this, this month, which also happens to be Black History month. 

I had seen Jamie Foxx & Michael B. Jordan on The Tonight Show talking about the movie, which made me wanna read it in the first place! Non-fiction, let alone autobiographies, are sooo not me!  But I’m really glad I decided to pick this one up.

It was an eye opening experience, that explores the history of slavery in Alabama, racism against blacks and judicial system, which made for a much heavier read. 

All the hate crime and police brutality mentioned throughout made my blood boil.  Being Asian, I’ve experienced racism all my life, but fortunately, never to this degree.

I did find myself skimming, since I was mainly interested in Walter’s case and the outcome.  But it was an excellent read otherwise!

Have you read this one? Have you seen the movie?

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.

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