Just Mercy

Just Mercy is a film centered around themes of empathy, equity, hope, and resilience. It is a story that uplifts marginalized voices who are typically unheard, unacknowledged, or deemed undeserving of mercy in the criminal justice system. The story follows Harvard Law School graduate Bryan Stevenson’s move to Alabama where he recognizes an urgent need to provide free legal assistance to minorities who have been unfairly sentenced.


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Our curriculum guide for Just Mercy, and the film itself, pairs well with Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson’s memoir which inspired the film. Additionally, some educators pair this film and our curriculum guide or the Student Learning Guide with To Kill A Mockingbird.

Just Mercy Curriculum Guide & Student Learning Guide

Lesson 1: The “Nadir of Black History” (U.S. History)
Lesson 2: The Case of Walter McMillian (Film Literacy, English Language Arts)
Lesson 3: A Long Path to Justice (U.S. History, U.S. Government)
Lesson 4: Wrongful Convictions in Our Justice System (U.S. Government, Civics)

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Journeys in Film supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

This curriculum guide connects to the following United Nations SDGs. Learn more about teaching with SDGs: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education/sdgs/material.

Dark pink background. 10 in the left-hand corner. Reduced Inequalities beside the number. Central image on the pink background is a not quite complete circle with equal marks inside. Royal blue background with white 16 in the upper left hand corner. Text beside it, white, reads: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Central image, all white, is a dove with an olive branch in its beak, legs resting on a gavel.

Finally, our curriculum guide for Just Mercy is one of six resources highlighted in our article: Teaching with Primary Sources Through Film. Check out the article and amplify student learning with primary sources and film: https://journeysinfilm.org/articles/teaching-with-primary-sources-through-film/.


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