Read the first chapter from Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Lauded as a real-life Atticus Finch, Stevenson grew up a member of a poor black community in the racially segregated South. He was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young black 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, startling racial inequality and legal brinkmanship.
Bryan Stevenson will be visiting Melbourne to give a free public lecture on Thursday 19 February. Find out more information here.