Bryan Stevenson: We Need to Talk about an Injustice

This is yet another reason why Bryan Stevenson truly inspires me. A candle that was blown out is beginning to spark in me. If you like this 2012 speech, you’ll love his 2014 book, Just Mercy.

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6 thoughts on “Bryan Stevenson: We Need to Talk about an Injustice

  1. Hi Kelley. Just last month I participated in a book club discussion of Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow” at LIU (my latest employer). I was so moved and incensed by Alexander’s insights that I have been looking for ways to get involved and hungry for new sources of information on this shameful situation in our country. Thank you for recommending “Just Mercy.” It is next on my reading list.

    • Hi Ms. Meltzer! I think that’s great that you’re in a book club at LIU! I had the same reaction that you did when I read The New Jim Crow with my best girlfriends! It’s thrown me because I lost my social justice spirit when I graduated from college. Now it’s coming back to me and I want to be involved, but I’m abroad. I have finally realized that the prison industrial complex that my professors spoke of wasn’t some esoteric thing. It was, and is, real. Please let me know what you think of Just Mercy. I was so, so moved by the book.

  2. I just bought “Just Mercy” and fear that I will also have to read “The New Jim Crow” as well. I should begin reading it this week and will let you know what my reaction is.

    As for wanting to be involved but being abroad, remember that you have two tools at hand. The first is to inform yourself, which you are doing. The second is your blog. You will meet people of a like mind and, I am certain, you will find ways to become involved even while you are abroad. Remember, social justice is social justice, wherever you are: As Thomas Paine said, replying to Lafayette’s statement that “Wherever Liberty is, there is my country”: “Wherever Liberty is not, there is my country.”

    • I definitely look forward to hearing your thoughts on Just Mercy and The New Jim Crow (yes, read that too!).

      You just helped to calm my spirit. I fear that I’m becoming an armchair activist. I am trying to educate myself and talking with people about what I’ve learned, so it’s a start. I love that quote. Thank you!

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