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Book Selection: Just Mercy


Just Mercy CoverThe Lobo Reading Experience is proud to announce the book selection for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.  Just Mercy, a memoir written by renowned attorney and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, is an exceptional story of how the experiences of one young, college student can affect change for an entire country. This memoir demonstrates that each individual has an opportunity to make a lasting and substantial social change. This interesting and highly motivating read will undoubtedly spur the inner social justice advocates within the Lobo Community.  Just Mercy is a timely selection that will encourage campus-wide conversations that will allow our students to grow their identity as emerging, socially conscious scholars who have the tools to participate in dialogues present on our campus and in this country. Just Mercy will not only be integrated into classrooms, but also will be brought to life through campus wide events.

Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University School of Law. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant (Stevenson, 2017).” Bryan Stevenson was also featured in the documentary 13th and spoke at Ted 2012. We are excited to bring Just Mercy to UNM as the Lobo Reading Experience’s 2017-2018 book selection.

For a taste of what the selection will bring, you can find Stevenson’s Ted Talk here:

Listen to Bryan Stevenson’s interview on NPR’s All Things Considered for his response to the recent death penalty executions in Arkansas: