Exploring diversity Book Group


Growing in our understanding of racial and cultural conditioning and experiencing the joys of embracing multi-culturalism is an important part of living our UU values. Our Exploring Diversity Book Group engages with this work through reading and discussing books by diverse authors. Our next book is Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.” This memoir was selected as one of the New York Times 100 best books of 2014. Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at NYU Law School. He has won relief from wrongful or excessive punishment 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. The book is a well-constructed page turner and a call to action. It is full of stories of his cases that both indict racial injustice in the US and testify to the salvation that fighting against evil can yield. Please start reading this remarkable wake-up call of a book, and join us for our discussion on Thursday December 6 at 1:30pm in the church library. The book is available new or used, Kindle/Nook or Audio book. For more information, contact Jane Malin at orkidfam@swbell.net.