Community Read: The ACL Book Club Just Mercy on Saturday, December 5th at 11:30 am

A community read!  Our next ACL Book Club selection is Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. We will meet on Saturday, December 5th at 11:30 am.  We have selected this as our next title because author Bryan Stevenson will be speaking about his groundbreaking book at Emerson College as a part of a series of Community Conversations sponsored by the Allstate Foundation and in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves that is free and open to the public on Wednesday December 9th (register here for the December 9thauthor event).

We are pleased to announce that we have a wonderful facilitator for this discussion.  You may remember Judge Gordon Martin, author of “Count Them One By One” from his engaging book discussion at the ACL in 2013.  Judge Martin has agreed to join us for our community discussion.

About the book (from Facing History and Ourselves):

Just Mercy, Stevenson’s memoir, recalls his experiences as a young lawyer advocating for justice and fighting against extreme punishments in an unbalanced criminal justice system. The stories he tells are heartbreaking, inspiring, and motivate audiences to take action and make changes in their own lives.

Visionary attorney and human rights activist Bryan Stevenson is a MacArthur Fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. Stevenson is one of the country’s most inspired thinkers and social justice advocates, and a leader in the movement to fight mass incarceration.

About our facilitator, Judge Gordon Martin:

Gordon A. Martin, Jr., Boston, Massachusetts, is a retired trial judge and an adjunct professor at New England School of Law. His work has been published in the Boston Globe, Commonweal, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, various law reviews, and other periodicals.
We look forward to having you join us!  Any questions, please email Kathleen Maguire at:


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