“Just Mercy” Screening and Reception

Thursday, February 20, 2020
7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Forum
601 West 125th Street, New York, NY


Please join the Holder Initiative for a special screening of Just Mercy with Eric H. Holder Jr. CC’73, LAW’76, 82nd Attorney General of the United States, and Bernard E. Harcourt, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the Holder Initiative.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with formerly incarcerated writer Ian Manuel, whose poetry appears in Bryan Stevenson's bestselling book.

7:00 - 9:30 p.m. | Screening & Conversation

9:30–10:00 p.m. | Reception

Register here

About the film:
Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson star in “Just Mercy,” an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big screen. 

This powerful and thought-provoking true story follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he moved to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley. One of his first, and most incendiary cases was that of Walter McMillian, who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. 

In the years that followed, Bryan became embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fought for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

This exclusive screening for the Eric Holder Jr. Initiative is made possible by John Rogovin
CC’83, Warner Brothers, EVP and General Counsel.