Bestseller Just Mercy focus of Virtual Book Club series in September

Beginning Sept. 3, Alabama Humanities Foundation will present its Virtual Book Club, focusing on bestselling author Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy.

Each Thursday in September, the club will gather via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Stevenson’s essential account of his time spent representing death row inmate Walter McMillian. Through the lens of McMillian’s case, we’ll invite conversation to better understand systemic racism in our society.

Stevens founded the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need. McMillian was one of his first cases, and the book was named by CNN as one of the most influential books of the decade.

Discussions will be facilitated by Beverly Scruggs, a partner in the Birmingham law firm of Davis & Scruggs. She has been practicing law for over 23 years and has a strong background in diverse areas of law, including criminal defense, criminal prosecution, municipal courts and litigation.

She serves as presiding municipal judge in Hillsboro and North Courtland. She is an adjunct professor at Miles Law School, where she teaches Civil Litigation, Legal Research and Writing, Administrative Law, Equitable Remedies, Legal Terminology, Legal Research and Writing, Introduction to Legal Studies, Bankruptcy, Real Estate, Criminal Law and Alabama Bar Review.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama and Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law.

Virtual Book Club will gather online at 6:30 p.m. for each session:

  • Sept. 3
  • Sept. 10
  • Sept. 17
  • Sept. 24

Join the conversation by registering in advance at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.