This year, high school students at Barrington Christian Academy will discuss the issues surrounding incarceration in the United States during our annual Justice Week. The book chosen for all RI high school students to read this year was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The book, chosen by Reading Across Rhode Island sheds light on our often inconsistent and unpredictable justice system.
BCA will welcome many guests throughout the week to discuss the causes and effects of chronic incarceration. On Monday, at Barrington Christian Academy at 7:00 pm, Dominique Gilliard, author of Rethinking Incarceration, will share his discoveries surrounding incarceration in our country. Dominique is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice mission at the Evangelical Covenant Church.
On Wednesday, Living Literature will perform a portion of the book, “Just Mercy” for the entire high school. Roberta Richman, former Warden of the Women’s Prison, now advocate for the humane treatment of inmates and ex-offenders, will address the students regarding her work for the underserved groups in Rhode Island. Also on Wednesday, guest Dr. Kelly Brotzman, executive director of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice at Bridgewater State University, will help students understand how to become effective advocates for justice.
Thursday morning, Marco McWilliams, founding instructor of the DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) for the Black Studies Academy of Rhode Island will lead a discussion. He teaches and develops curriculum on African and African American history. Currently he teaches courses at Providence College and has taught at several educational institutions in RI including Rhode Island College and Brown University.