Just Mercy's Michael B. Jordan: Important to see a black man saving a black man

In Just Mercy, Michael B. Jordan (left) is lawyer Bryan Stevenson and Jamie Foxx is Walter McMillian, an innocent death-row inmate he fights to exonerate. PHOTO: WARNER BROS
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NEW YORK - Now streaming on HBO Go, Just Mercy is the story of a young black lawyer who dedicates himself to defending those wrongly convicted by the American criminal-justice system, many of whom are poor and black.

It is based on the true story of social-justice activist Bryan Stevenson, who is played by Black Panther (2018) star Michael B. Jordan as he races to exonerate death-row inmate Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), a man jailed for murder despite ample evidence of his innocence.

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