The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial is hosting a free screening of “Just Mercy” followed by a talkback — the first in a line of monthly events leading up to a large-scale gathering to commemorate the men who were lynched nearly 100 years ago.
“Just Mercy” plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at Duluth Cinema, 300 Harbor Drive. The event is free and open to the public, but seats must be reserved at claytonjacksonmcghie.org/2020. The doors open at 12:30 p.m., and unclaimed seats will open to the public at 12:45 p.m.
The movie, starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, is about the case of Walter McMillian, who was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. It’s based on the memoir by Bryan Stevenson, the young defense attorney who appealed the case — and has since gone on to work toward equality in the criminal justice system.
“Just Mercy,” the book, is this year’s pick for One Book Northland, a community read-along with tie-in events.
Other Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial events include:
Feb. 9-10: “We All Belong” spoken word and workshop led by C. Patrice Ares-Christian, a poet and faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University;
March 8: William Grant Still concert at the College of St. Scholastica’s Mitchell Auditorium;
April 16: A Readers Theatre event with excerpts of pieces to create historical context and memorialize Clayton, Jackson and McGhie;
May 15: Alabama 35 audio documentary, including interviews with the people who traveled to the Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama;
June 10-15: The annual CJMM dinner, art shows, a community mural, cemetery gathering, Civic Center gathering and a rally and keynote by Stevenson.