Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is a true story based on Bryan Stevenson’s experiences as a young lawyer defending the wrongfully accused in Alabama through his Equal Justice Initiative. One of his first cases was Walter McMillian, who had been sentenced to die for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. The case drew Stevenson in a web of legal and political maneuverings and racist threats as he fought tirelessly to save McMillian’s life.
This weekend, the movie adaptation of Just Mercy opened nationwide, starring Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson. “Michael B. Jordan pours his heart and soul into the role,” says Rolling Stone and VIBE Magazine calls it “riveting from start to finish.” If you haven’t seen it yet, make plans to go and be inspired by Stevenson’s profoundly moving story.