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On July 25, 2019

Bell Ringer: Meet Bryan Stevenson, author of "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption"

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Lawyer Bryan Stevenson discusses issues of race in his book "Just Mercy."

Description

Not sure which nonfiction text to choose? Meet Bryan Stevenson, author of "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption." Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, is a lawyer who has spent his career defending wrongly convicted prisoners on death row.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What does Mr. Stevenson say about the impact of racial inequality when it comes to death row?
  • Extension: How might America's history of racial inequalities impact concerns about policing in today's society?
  • Extension: What do you think Mr. Stevenson would say about vulnerable defendants, such as those who are poor, young, or who have mental illness?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Constitution
    • Death Penalty
    • Death Row
    • Redemption
    • Supreme Court

    Topics

    Civil Rights & Civil LibertiesCriminal Law & Justice

    Grades

    High School