The Common Experience: The Search for Justice

Earlier this month, Bryan Stevenson, lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, spoke at Texas State University as part of the LBJ Distinguished lecture series and the Common Experience programming. His book Just Mercy, the 2017-2018 Common Reading selection, focuses on the “The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century” theme of this year’s Common Experience.

Mr. Stevenson’s work does not begin or end with Just Mercy or his lecture in Evans Auditorium. Texas State University Libraries resources offer a number of pieces by and about Mr. Stevenson and his work; ranging from a transcript from an All Things Considered interview from 1993, to his 2012 “We Need to Talk About Injustice” TEDTalk, to an article published by the Boston University Law Review in January of this year inspired by Just Mercy.

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If Mr. Stevenson’s lecture left you inspired, engaged, or both, the Round Rock Campus library can connect you to further resources …. Come In and Find Out More!     

Copies of Just Mercy are available for free to Texas State student while supplies last in the RRC Library, room AVE 255.

Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865

Among the 125 online history resources available through the Texas State University Libraries’ database page there exists a database called Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830 – 1865. So much credit is given to Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Transcendentalist movement in the fight to end slavery that what goes forgotten is that there were countless members of African diaspora resolved to ending the institution. Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865 provides modern historians to those voices.

image from Black Abolitionist Papers database

The primary resources available through this database consist of essays to speeches to letters-to-the-editor from individuals as well known as Frederick Douglass to anonymous contributor signing as Always Ready. Also included are the papers of Black abolitionists from Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865 can provide a useful look into the African-American experience and the struggle to end slavery.  If you have questions about the resource feel free to contact the Round Rock Campus library … Come In and Find Out More.