Just Mercy Book and Movie Discussions

Just Mercy Book and Movie Discussions

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Allegany County Library System is excited to continue to encourage important and engaging conversations in our community about race in America. We invite you to join us in a virtual series of discussions centered around racial and economic injustice as depicted in Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson.

Beginning on March 3rd, discussions will be held every other Wednesday night through the end of April, totaling five events. Each discussion will be focused on themes from certain chapters in the book and the last event will be centered around the movie.

Just Mercy book and movie are available to request from the Allegany County Library System.

Books can also be purchased at The Book Center in Cumberland and at Main Street Books in Frostburg.

This event is similar in style to the library’s fall discussion series on Stamped From the Beginning, by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. The series was well attended and received a very positive response from the community. In fact, the Maryland Library Association is honoring two ACLS staff members, Ali Cline and Courtney McKay-Jensen, with the MLA’s 2021 Outstanding Paraprofessional Award for their work in arranging and moderating the wildly successful virtual book discussion series. The Stamped from the Beginning discussion series can be viewed on the library’s YouTube channel.

Library staff wanted to continue the success of the fall discussions and held a community poll in January to determine the book to discuss this spring. With 45% of the votes, Just Mercy was selected for the spring discussion. In the book, Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice. “Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South. Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction. Bryan Stevenson, however, is very much alive and doing God’s work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope. Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story.”—John Grisham

The library is partnering with Leadership Allegany Alumni, the Allegany County NAACP, and Choose Civility Allegany to facilitate the discussion and engage a wealth of participants from the community. The Allegany County Library System is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion.

To learn more and to register for the discussions, please visit Click for Details or call 301-777-1200.

Tags: local events, justice system, lawyer, compassion, racial injustice, economic injustice, alabama, death penalty

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Date: March 3, 2021

This event also occurs on 03/17/2021, 03/31/2021, 04/14/2021, 04/28/2021

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Ali Cline
301-777-1200 Ext. 1009

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