Last week IMU had the pleasure of attending the private screening of Just Mercy which released December 25. A film that we suggest everyone takes the time to see. Based on the 2014 bestseller memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and redemption, author Bryan Steverson’s words finally arrived on the big screen with director Destin Darnel Cretton, producers Michael B. Jordan and Asher Goldstein.
Newark’s City Plex theatre was filled with cast and special guests such as Michael B. Jordan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rob Morgan, Mayor Ras Baraka, Brandon ” Scoop B” Robinson, and celebrity designer Alhassan Toure. Before the film started Michael B Jordan announced in the theater how he was happy to attend the private screening in his hometown and his enjoyment of working on the film.
Bryan Steverson who’s played by Newark native Michael B Jordan in the film takes us on a journey for justice and equality. Jordan plays Steverson as a dedicated attorney who is out to defend the wrongly committed, unfairly served poor citizens in the criminal justice system. The story starts with Steverson’s journey to help Walter McMillian an African American man who spent six years on death row after being wrongfully committed to killing an eighteen-year-old white woman. McMillian whos played by the one and only Jamie Foxx is not sure at first to accept Steverson’s offer to help due to previous attorneys who didn’t do anything in the past besides taking the family’s money and did absolutely nothing. But with a few sit down with McMillian’s wife and family they eventually approver for his work.
With death threats, police assault, humiliating treatment and lack of support by family and close friends the Bryan Steverson and his team Equal Justice Initiative did not give up. The evidence that leads to Walter McMillian’s sentencing did not add up. The story that the jury heard seemed false and there was not enough proof that this man did the crime. His sentencing was due from
After the film was over everyone was treated with gift bags that contained the physical copy of Just Mercy. Right after I arrived home I quickly dived right into the book. I’m currently still reading it but I suggest you get yourself a copy.
” Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so…a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields. ” – The New York Review of Books