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'Just Mercy' free MLK Day screening is full

Amanda Parrish * Delaware
aparrish@doverpost.com
Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times

Another book has been turned into a movie but this one should hit home for Delawareans.

A free screening of “Just Mercy” will be shown at Cinemark Movies at Christiana Mall, hosted by the Delaware Social Justice Remembrance Coalition. Tickets were reserved within hours, but efforts are being made to add a second screening.

“Just Mercy” is the movie adaptation of the book written by Milton, Delaware native and attorney Bryan Stevenson about taking the case of Walter McMillian, an African-American man wrongfully imprisoned for the 1986 murder of a white woman in Alabama and sentenced to death.

It had a limited release Christmas Day, garnering positive reviews from critics. It will have a nationwide release Jan. 17.

Savannah Shepherd, a Middletown teen who founded the coalition, said the movie is a great way to expose the community to what goes on racially in the criminal justice system.

“It gives an inside look into a system they previously did not know a whole lot about,” she said.

Shepherd said it is an especially important story for people in Delaware given Stevenson’s upbringing in the state. Speaking with Stevenson and hearing his story from Just Mercy, she said she could tell he is passionate about what he does.

“That’s the most inspiring part about what he does,” she said. “Getting to hear his life story has been a really cool experience.”

The screening was granted through the Equal Justice Initiative, the organization led by Stevenson. A senior lawyer from the initiative will attend and speak about the organization. 

About the Social Justice Remembrance Coalition

The Delaware Social Justice Remembrance Coalition works to discover and memorialize past incidents of racial terror that occurred in Delaware to educate people about the impact of racial injustice on society. The group organizes educational efforts such as the showing of “Just Mercy” and the placement of the historic marker in Pike Creek commemorating the lynching of farm worker George White in 1903.