Just Mercy Expansion Kit #2

"Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.”
– James Baldwin




In This Kit You’ll Find:

  • 3 copies of Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor
  • 3 copies of Burning Down the House by Nell Bernstein
  • 3 copies of If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
  • 3 copies of The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
  • 3 copies of Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
  • 1 copy of discussion questions for If Beale Street Could Talk (you may keep)
  • 1 copy of discussion questions for The Sun Does Shine (you may keep)
  • Book sign-up sheet to keep track of books (you may keep)

Themes for Discussion:

  • Writing My Wrongs: Memoir of redemption, recovery, mass incarceration, activism, prison reform, forgiveness
  • Burning Down the House: Juvenile prison system, exposé, intervention, positive relationships, therapeutic institutions, at-risk youth, prison reform
  • If Beale Street Could Talk: Racism, injustice, false imprisonment, teenage pregnancy, prisons
  • The Sun Does Shine: False imprisonment, mistaken identity, capital punishment, death row, judicial error
  • Don't Call Us Dead: poetry, vulnerability, institutionalized racism, HIV, life and death, human fragility



About the Book:

Writings My Wrongs: A former prisoner, TED mentor, and criminal justice reform advocate traces his coming of age at the height of Detroit's crack epidemic and his 19 years in prison before he was motivated to help at-risk youth and raise awareness about the vulnerabilities of America's system of mass incarceration. (Novelist)

Burning Down the House: Award-winning journalist, Nell Bernstein shows that there is no right way to lock up child in a clear-eyed indictment of the juvenile justice system run amok. The very act of isolation denies delinquent children the thing that is most essential to their growth and rehabilitation: positive relationships with caring adults. (Novelist)

If Beale Street Could Talk: When a pregnant Tish's boyfriend Fonny, a sculptor, is wrongfully jailed for the rape of a Puerto Rican woman, their families unite to prove the charge false. (Novelist)

The Sun Does Shine: A man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he did not commit describes how he became a victim of a flawed legal system, recounting the years he shared with fellow inmates who were eventually executed before his exoneration. (Novelist)

Don't Call Us Dead: Luminous and piercing, this collection reassembles shattering realities into a shimmering and sharp mosaic. (Publishers Weekly)


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Further Your Discussion:

  • Listen & Watch: Shaka Senghor, author of Writing My Wrongs, mentor, and motivational speaker, speaks at TEDxMidwest about making the best out of a bad situation:



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