ATTORNEY, ACTIVIST BRYAN STEVENSON TO SPEAK OCT. 4
Appearance in conjunction with Iowa City Book Festival, One Community One Book, and Geneva Lecture Series
IOWA CITY - Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Just Mercy, will appear at the Iowa Memorial Union at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. The event will be free and open to the public.
Stevenson will appear as part of the Iowa City Book Festival, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization, in conjunction the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights One Community One Book project, and the Geneva Lecture Series sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry.
As an attorney, Stevenson has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued six times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. Stevenson's work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant.
His book, Just Mercy, is the fall 2015 One Community One Book selection, and his appearance will cap a schedule of several events throughout the fall. The book was named by Time magazine as one of the 10 best books of nonfiction for 2014 and has been awarded several honors including a 2015 NAACP Image Award.