FLORENCE – This fall, the University of North Alabama launched the One Book Initiative, a campus-wide book club for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of UNA. “Just Mercy,” by Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer, social justice activist, and founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, was selected as the inaugural read.

“UNA’s Inaugural One Book program exemplifies the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives, activities, and programs, both in and out of the classroom,” said Dr. Ross Alexander, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost as well as a One Book Committee member.

“Just Mercy” was selected by majority vote on campus. The illustrative memoir is an account of Stevenson’s work with the Equal Justice Initiative, which is a human r ights organization based in Montgomery. The story exposes and challenges the injustices of America’s death penalty through the lives of its victims, both the guilty and the innocent.

Events based on the book’s themes are scheduled for each Thursday through October 31, from noon until 1pm at Collier Library.