“You’ve Got to Be Brave, Brave, Brave”: Carnegie Medalist Bryan Stevenson Talks about Just Mercy

In an interview after receiving the American Library Association’s Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction, Bryan Stevenson, executive director for the Equal Justice Initiative, stated, “I don’t believe the great evil of American slavery was involuntary servitude, or forced labor. I think the great evil of American slavery was this narrative—this ideology of white supremacy. . . . we’re not going to make progress until we talk about this. Until we commit ourselves to a process of truth and reconciliation.”

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