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'One Read Eau Claire' continues April 4 in online format

| Diane Walkoff

The "One Read Eau Claire" community book discussion series — developed to help Chippewa Valley residents become more inclusive of difference — will continue April 4 in an online format to comply with Wisconsin's "Safer at Home" order.

A discussion of Bryan Stevenson's "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" will take place online from 1-3 p.m. April 4. Participants may join the discussion via a UW-Eau Claire BlueJeans link.

"Just Mercy" tells the true story of Stevenson's early work as a co-founder and attorney for the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization, that, according to its website, is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S. and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, a UW-Eau Claire history professor and a "One Read Eau Claire" organizer, says she is grateful to have the option of offering the April book discussion online as an alternative to meeting in person.

"Each month the book discussions have been growing and we hope they will continue to grow," Ducksworth-Lawton says. "We hope this will give even more people a way to participate."

The discussions originally planned for May and June will be shifted to July and August. More information will be shared as details are solidified.

"One Read Eau Claire" will continue through January 2021 thanks to support from Andrew Werthmann, Uniting Bridges, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Eau Claire history department, city of Eau Claire, Visit Eau Claire, Pablo Center at the Confluence, Chippewa Valley Museum, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, EXPO and the LGBTQ+ Center of the Chippewa Valley.

For more information, contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton at duckswsm@uwec.edu, or visit the "One Read Eau Claire" Facebook page.