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Common Reading program to offer series of events beginning September 13

ISSUED: 9 September 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University will delve into the issue of race relations and how African Americans fare in the legal system with this year’s Common Reading “Just Mercy.” Author Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that provides legal representation to people who have been wrongly convicted, received unfair sentences, or were abused in jails and prisons.

The book is the true story of Walter McMillian, who was sentenced to death row for a murder he claimed he didn’t commit. It was one of Stevenson’s first cases. Everyone at Shepherd is encouraged to read “Just Mercy,” and professors are asked to incorporate the theme of the book into their classes.

The Common Reading Program has scheduled a series of events throughout the semester that is designed to create conversation. The Common Reading Program is made possible through the support of the Shepherd University Foundation. All events are free and open to the public. They include:

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