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Just Mercy: Film Discussion
June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, June 17 – 7:00PM (mst)
In conjunction with our Black History Film Series and this summer’s learning program We All Have a Tale to Tell, the Library extends an invitation to our community to discuss Just Mercy, a film based on the true story and bestselling memoirs of Equal Justice Initiative lawyer Bryan Stevenson. Given the events of the past several weeks, join us for a conversation about the film and how it relates to issues experienced in the lives of African Americans in the United States. In preparation for the discussion, please watch the film beforehand. The film can be viewed for free on multiple online streaming platforms, including: Youtube, Amazon Prime, RedBox, VuDu, DirectTV, Apple TV, and more. The discussion will be hosted online using Zoom meetings and Facebook Live.
Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84874721941?pwd=OElHa1dRZ1MxSVpEK2l2Z2xub2ZHUT09
Meeting ID: 848 7472 1941
Facebook Live Link: https://www.facebook.com/LovelandPubLibrary/live/
“Just Mercy” is based on the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the main testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.