‘Just Mercy’ author Bryan Stevenson to speak on Tuesday, Feb. 21

“Just Mercy” author Bryan Stevenson will discuss, “Living a Social Justice Commitment,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, as part of Guilford College’s Bryan Series. Wake Forest University’s Innovation Quarter and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will Livestream his lecture in the atrium of Biotech Place.

Stevenson’s New York Times bestseller is about his inspirational journey to founding the Equal Justice Initiative. His memoir served as the subject of a book discussion for professors and first-year students entering Wake Forest Law in fall 2016. The students were asked to read “Just Mercy” before gathering with a small group of classmates for dinner and discussion with a professor.

New undergraduate Wake Forest students also had the opportunity to read “Just Mercy” as a summer project in 2016.

Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, as well as being one of the most respected public interest lawyers in the country. Through his efforts, Stevenson has reversed death penalties for condemned prisoners. According to his Bryan Series bio, Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu has called Stevenson “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” His efforts have reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and was one of the TIME 100 in 2015.