SMU Reads Lecture presents Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, the 2016 SMU Reads selection, will present a free lecture. Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative in 1989 in Montgomery, Alabama, as a young lawyer recently graduated from Harvard Law School. As executive director, he continues to lead a legal staff dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need, the poor and the wrongly condemned.
One of his first cases was to defend Walter McMillian, who was sentenced to die for a highly publicized Alabama murder he insisted he didn’t commit. In Just Mercy, Stevenson describes how the case transformed his understanding of mercy and justice.
A New York Times best-seller and named one of the best books of 2014 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Time, The Seattle Times and Esquire, the book also won the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. In addition, it won the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction, the Books for a Better Life Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Kirkus Prize.