The Common Reading program, an initiative of the Emory Integrity Project, is an opportunity for all incoming, first-year students to engage in meaningful conversation through a community narrative. Over the summer, it is strongly encouraged that you read the selected text in order to prepare for discussions in your residence hall, academic courses, and student groups. This year’s selected text is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.


Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.



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