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All-Campus Read

Please join us in for the ninth-annual Lake Area Tech All-Campus Read. This campus-wide reading program promotes literacy and provides a platform for dialog on campus about historical and social issues that impact us all.

This semester, we’re reading Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

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A Summary of the Book:

Just Mercy

An unforgettable true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America — from one of the most inspiring lawyers of our time.

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned.

Just Mercy tells the story of EJI, from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison, to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our history of racial injustice.

One of EJI’s first clients was Walter McMillian, a young Black man who was sentenced to die for the murder of a young white woman that he didn’t commit. The case exemplifies how the death penalty in America is a direct descendant of lynching — a system that treats the rich and guilty better than the poor and innocent.

~Summary from Goodreads

Praise for the Book

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE BY CNN • Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Esquire • Time

Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction • Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction • Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award • Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize • Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize • An American Library Association Notable Book

“Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.”—David Cole, The New York Review of Books

“Searing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela.”—Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

“You don’t have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.”—Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review

“Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he’s also a gifted writer and storyteller.”The Washington Post

How Do I Get a Copy of the Book?

Several copies of the book are available for checkout from the Lake Area Tech Library, and copies of the ebook and audiobook are available for download through Overdrive, https://lakeareatech.overdrive.com/. Follow these instructions to download Libby, which is the Overdrive app, to your phone or device.


Book Giveaway – Students and staff, sign up in the library Feb. 19-23 to win a free copy of the book. We are giving away 10 copies. Winners will be drawn Feb. 23. 

Movie Showing – Tuesday, March 30 @ 7 PM students and staff are invited to a free showing of the movie Just Mercy at the Odyssey Grand 8 Theaters in Watertown. Concessions will be provided. The movie, which is based on the book, was released in 2019 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson. Due to COVID restrictions, limited tickets to this event are available. Contact Nicki in the library to reserve yours.

Movie Trailer: 


Book Discussions – Join us for two book discussions during National Library Week:

Tues., April 6 from 12-1 PM

Wed, April 7 from 11 AM-12 PM

All Lake Area Tech students and staff are welcome. Attendees receive a free lunch!

Learn More About the Author, the Book, and the Themes

Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk: We need to talk about an injustice

 Video resources:

Interviews with the author:

Other videos about the book’s themes:

Kanopy Documentaries:

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform that provides access to a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries. A password is needed to access these videos off campus. Lake Area Tech students/staff can also download the Kanopy app onto their phone or other device to easily stream films.

Contact Nicki in the library for the off-campus password and/or app download instructions.


Just Mercy Study Guides

Bryan Stevenson – Just Mercy web site with access to more information about the book and a discussion guide.

Just Mercy Teacher’s Guide

Library Snap

Follow All-Campus Read on FB (https://www.facebook.com/LATAllCampusRead) and add the Lake Area Tech Library on Snapchat (@latilibrary) for additional resources and event reminders.