In honor of Black History Month, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will highlight the work of Bryan Stevenson with a discussion around his No. 1 New York’s bestseller “Just Mercy.”
Stevenson’s hit literary work is the story of his life and the basis for the movie of the same name. Actor Michael B. Jordan is cast as Stevenson in the film, which also stars Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson.
For decades, the 60-year-old activist and lawyer has pushed for criminal justice reform as part of a larger goal of making society more equitable, particularly for minorities and poor people.
His legal prowess and determination has involved him in 135-plus instances in which relief was obtained for death row inmates wrongly convicted.
Literary Salon: Just Mercy is set for Feb. 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Café Brooks.
There also will be a short tour of “A Journey Towards Self-Definition: African American Artists in the Permanent Collection,” curated by Heather Nickels, Joyce Blackmon Curatorial Fellow in African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora. The exhibition showcases the contributions of African American visual artists.