By Nigeria Anderson
A Truth For Freedom Just Mercy
Just Mercy is a powerful and thought-provoking true story, that follows a young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. Bryan Stevenson is a social justice activist and attorney. 59 years young has argued and won cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He created a museum on the history of lynching, slavery, racial discrimination and a memorial to peace and justice. Growing up he witness such injustices and at the age of 12 witness a lynching. He’s authored a best-selling memoir and been featured in a TED Talk on mass incarceration that went viral. Just Mercy is film which shadows Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.
After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson had choices of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first and most incendiary cases, is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence. The only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years which follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter and others like him, with the odds-and the system-stacked against them. Check out what Jamie Fox and Michael B. Jordan have to say about the film. Make sure you go see Just Mercy and maybe we can change the justice system to finally pursue true justice.