“Just Mercy,” which follows the work done by its author Bryan Stevenson, who co-founded the Equal Justice Initiative, is the One Book Northland pick for 2020, the Duluth Public Library announced Friday.
The New York Times bestseller from 2014 centers mostly on the story of Walter McMillain, who was on death row for killing a white woman in Monroeville, Ala. — in addition to other stories from his work with the poor, wrongly accused, women and children.
One Book Northland is a community read-along with tie-in events.
The committee is partnering with the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial for this year’s read-along. On June 15, the 100th anniversary of the lynchings, Stevenson will be the keynote speaker at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Day of Remembrance, near the downtown memorial.
In April, there will be a discussion with Michael Fedo, author of “The Lynchings in Duluth.”
Equal Justice Initiative is an Alabama-based human rights organization, which has affected 135 wrongly condemned death row prisoners.
A complete program guide for One Book Northland is available at the Duluth Public Library, Cloquet Public Library, Superior Public Library, Two Harbors Public Library, Kathryn A. Martin Library at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Bookstore at Fitger’s, Barnes & Noble and Zenith Bookstore.