Just Mercy Poster

The Mississippi University for Women’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, Wesley Foundation and Baptist Student Union will sponsor a showing of “Just Mercy” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, on the green by Pohl Gymnasium.

The event is in conjunction with The W’s Common Read Initiative of Bryan Stevenson’s best-selling book, “Just Mercy,” which was made into a movie of the same name starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx. The book tells the story of Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, and his work defending the poor, wrongly condemned and those trapped in the criminal justice system. The movie focuses on one of Stevenson’s earliest clients, Walter McMillan, who was sentenced to death for a murder he didn’t commit. The overall premise is the redeeming potential of mercy.

Since the spring of 2020, The W has moved to formalize its efforts in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. The creation of the DEI Council has been an integral component of The W’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion on campus through increasing self-awareness and facilitating intercultural competence.

The goal of the Common Reading Initiative is to develop intellectual community among students, staff and faculty outside the traditional classroom, to foster intellectual curiosity, inquiry and responsibility among all groups, to deepen understanding of issues raised in significant books and to provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community to engage socially in meaningful ways.

The Wesley Foundation will provide popcorn and s’mores and the BSU will serve hot chocolate. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

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