How many authors can say they’ve had their book offered at Starbucks? How many people can say they’ve worked on death row? How many people can say that they’ve met individuals who spent years in prison, sometimes solitary confinement waiting for their death to be executed by the state only to be exonerated for a crime they did not commit?
Well, Bryan Stevenson can say he has to each of those. His book Just Mercy chronicles real life stories of injustice, stories of horrors that many could never imagine, horrors that many Americans would think should not happen in America.
And his story was carried at Starbucks, something that less than a dozen people can say of their work, of their writing.
What would compel Starbucks and Howard Schultz, its CEO, to carry this book when there are so many others that could produce just as much profits. Certainly, it must be a sense of concern and care. This is a problem, the one that Stevenson details, that disproportionately affects minorities and particularly black individuals. So, why are we writing to Bryan?
There are some people who will never read Just Mercy – at least not without an extra push. And so, we’ve written this book to help draw some additional attention to the book and cause. Moreover, we’ve written this to share an insight into how we can engender in the population more constructive activism – the kind which can save lives and help bring about the ideals of justice, the idea that we are all created equal, with an equal right to life, liberty and to pursue happiness – equal justice under the law is something that we the people can bring about. It’s about hope and hope for all. Happiness Of Pursuit, Equality FOR A Liberated Life.