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MZ book club discusses Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Monday, February 24 at 7:00 pm

Mt Zion book club, a participant in Tosa’s All-City Read program, is discussing the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson on Monday, February 24 at 7:00 pm in the Hearth Room. A part of various activities city-wide, the book club offers an opportunity to discuss the book being read in Tosa this February.

About the book

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice, Just Mercy is a New York Times Best Seller 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 machinations, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice. (From the Equal Justice Initiative website) Just Mercy has received numerous awards, and it is being made into a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, to be released in January 2020.

About book club

MZ book club 2018

Refreshments and getting to know each other at 2018 All-City Read meeting at Mt Zion.

Book club member Jean Morack writes, “I have found Mt Zion’s Book Club to be both fun and invigorating! Each meeting has a volunteer coordinator who presents a background on the author and then facilitates discussion from members. No one is obligated to become a coordinator. You can say as much or as little as you wish.  Sometimes you may just sit back and decide if you wish to read the book!”

The book club meets on the fourth Monday of the month, except for August and December. The group votes on the coming year’s books in May and sets the schedule for the following September – July. Jean points out that one can come those times when you can or have an interest in the chosen book.  No formal commitment is necessary. The time frame is 7-8:30 pm,  and we are respectful as to sticking to that time. However, if the book deals with captivating issues, informal conversations may continue in the parking lot! Refreshments are provided by facilitator, and sometimes are coordinated to emphasis the book’s theme.

The group is a combination of Mt Zion members and others from the neighborhood and city. You don’t have to be a Mt Zion member to participate. You may read things you would not have otherwise chosen to, and often these are the books that end up being your favorites. Click here for the full schedule of Mt Zion Book Club from September 2019 – July 2020.

What’s different in February?

While the Mt Zion book club meeting night falls near the end of the month, the Tosa All-City Read group sponsors all kinds of  activities for fun and discussion throughout February. The goal is to get the whole community to read one book, promoting literacy and fostering a greater sense of community. and Mt Zion’s book club reserves this month for a special meeting that is open to the public through the program. Refreshments, discussion and activities are planned by the entire group for this month, rather than having one person coordinating the activities. To participate, just come and enjoy the group. Refreshments are provided. No need to reserve a place.

Jean Morack notes that this month’s book puts a human face on the inmate community and severe injustices in our correctional system. “Consider attending  Monday Feb 24 7:00 pm. I think you will leave with a new perspective and challenge.”

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