Here’s a chance to watch a 2019 documentary that just won an Emmy, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality. Right now it’s streaming for free, right here.
The subject is racial injustice in America. Bryan Stevenson’s voice is deeply compelling. He states facts that are undeniable and in context. He holds them up to us, with calm resolve. He does not let us look away. He calls foremost to our morality, but also to our common well of emotional intelligence—our empathy.
This documentary, in showing plain facts, is better than any dramatic rendering of Bryan Stevenson’s life and work could be.
I related strongly to a vignette of how he felt at Harvard Law School, the first of his family to be educated among the sons and daughters of generations of lawyers. I know how that felt, and I also know that it was very different for me because of my white skin. That tiny intersection of experience makes me reflect on what each of us did with that opportunity. What he said no to, and what he said yes to. His vision was beyond my imagination.
Highly recommended. Grateful to HBO for the free streaming so that many can see this.