We are partnering with our friends at CICF to host a book club.

Facilitators Pam Ross, Vice President of Opportunity, Equity & Inclusion at Central Indiana Community Foundation, and Rebecca Hutton, President & CEO at Leadership Indianapolis, will lead a conversation about the issues discussed in Just Mercy.

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is Bryan Stevenson’s story. The film version of the book is scheduled to be released in December and will star Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson.


Dates: October 8, 15, and 22

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: English Foundation Building, 615 N Alabama St

Cost: $50 – includes book


Why is LI hosting a book club?

Leadership Indianapolis has a long history of bringing together people from different professions, lived experiences, and perspectives to learn about community issues and leadership. The book club is another way for us to do that. We believe our city and its future is strengthened when people are able to come together for meaningful civil conversations about important issues.

Why did we choose this book?

Just Mercy not only gives us a chance to reflect on the justice system and related issues, it provides an opportunity to learn about and discuss how one person is working to address a critical community issue. As leaders, it is important for us to understand the strategies used by other leaders and as community leaders, it is our responsibility to consider what barriers prevent every person in our community from having equal access to “the common good”.

Why is the registration fee to participate in the book club?

The registration fee allows us to provide a copy of the book and other materials to everyone participating, provide some light refreshments, and compensate our staff for the time and expertise they invest in this program.

What if I want to participate but I can’t afford registration fee?   

We do not want cost to prevent anyone from participating in the book club so if the registration cost creates a barrier to your participation, please reach out to kdoucet@leadershipindianapolis.com.