“You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance. You have to get close,” – Bryan Stevenson
To really understand, empathize and learn you have to leave your comfort zone. You have to use the power of listening to take in this information and put yourself in someone else’s shoes. You can’t just observe it from a distance. You have to dive in and take the initiative to understand things from the root. This is something we want for ourselves, our community and all life coaches.
The next read for book club is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Led by CTEDU’s, Jennyfer Javier and Ashley Onusic, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson discusses systemic racism and the failures of the justice system. It’s not a light read, but it’s an important one.
When: Starting July 17th @ 12 PM PST. This book club will be every Friday at 12 PM PST for 3 weeks.
Just Mercy is the story of lawyer, social justice activist and Founder of the Equal Rights Initiative, Bryan Stevenson. After graduating from Harvard, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly imprisoned and those not afforded proper legal representation. One of his first cases is Walter McMillian’s, a black man accused of a murder he didn’t commit. The story follows Stevenson as he fights for McMillian’s life in an unjust justice system.
To prepare for each week, please read the following chapters prior to each meeting.
July 17th: Chapters 1-5
July 24th: Chapters 6-10
July 31st: Chapters 11-14
We’re excited to read with you! If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.