Mitchell Community College recently announced the 2017-2018 Mitchell Read, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (2014). Ten members of Mitchell’s Diversity Enrichment Committee (DEC) read and discussed the books Just Mercy and Walk to Beautiful(Jimmy Wayne and Ken Abraham, 2014). Just Mercy was chosen for the many social issues it presents. The book tells the true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his struggles to provide equal justice for African-American men in the penal system in Alabama.
The College is currently planning programs and panel discussions for the Spring 2018 semester. Community members are invited to attend. Just Mercy is available in print, CD Audiobook and E-book editions through the Iredell County Public Library.
According to Maryann Earwood, DEC Events and Planning Co-Chair, “The Mitchell Read is an opportunity for us all- faculty of various disciplines, staff, and community- to read a book that will touch each of us in different ways and bridge connections to provide insight and understanding into the beliefs and cultures of others.” The DEC is a Mitchell committee dedicated to promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion at the College. Through annual events, training sessions, faculty/staff resources and other impactful programs, the DEC strives to further the mission of the College and ensure a stronger community.
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.