Book to Action: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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Join us for Book-to-Action 2021: a community-wide reading of the award-winning book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, the widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama. EJI has won reversals, relief, or release from prison for over 140 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row, and has won relief for hundreds of others wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced, including Walter McMillian, who spent 6 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.

Request a free copy of the book (while supplies last: English or Young Adult English) by registering for the program at Or download a copy of the Spanish ebook or English audiobook with your HPL library card by visiting the HPL website. Or check out a copy of the English print and audio books on CD, available for pick up during HPL to Go hours at either library location.

Programming this spring will highlight the work of local organizations and leaders who promote racial equity and social justice. In book discussions and other events we will examine the essential components of sustainable communities, including equal and fair access to education, housing, health care, employment, and food. We will invite you to listen to community members share their experiences of incarceration and the paths they have taken to build a stable life, and we will invite you to participate in civic engagement activities that reflect the Hayward Commitment for an Inclusive, Equitable, and Compassionate Community. Watch a short video introduction of the book by Bryan Stevenson:

Program Sponsors: Hayward Public Library; Friends of Hayward Library; Hayward South Alameda County NAACP; Alameda County Community Food Bank; California State University East Bay Center for Community Engagement; Eden Housing; Centro Legal de la Raza; Raising Leaders Workshop & Internships of the Hayward Adult School; Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS); Restorative Integrated Self-Education (RISE) of Chabot College; Bay Area Systems Impacted Consortium (BASIC) of the Urban Strategies Council; Hayward Promise Neighborhoods; The Village Method; Eden Area Interfaith Council; Youth and Family Services Bureau of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office; First 5 Alameda County; Community Child Care Council (4Cs) of Alameda County; Promotores Program of the Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center.

Funding for Book to Action is provided by California Center for the Book, a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.