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An attorney, human rights activist, and author, Bryan Stevenson is a MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. Stevenson is one of the country's most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates, and a leader in the movement to fight mass incarceration in the United States. President Barack Obama recently appointed Stevenson to the Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
In his memoir, Just Mercy, Stevenson recalls his experiences as a young lawyer advocating for justice and fighting against extreme punishments in an unbalanced criminal justice system. The stories he tells are heartbreaking, yet inspiring, and motivate audiences to take action and make changes in their own lives.
Bryan Stevenson is an example of how everyday people can make courageous choices to build strong and inclusive communities.
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