Catch "Just Mercy" showing at Dawes Park next Tuesday.

Watch Just Mercy in the Park at Dawes Park this coming Tuesday, August 11 during the City of Evanston’s 2020 Starlight Movies in the Park series, which began this week. The free outdoor movie series will feature five movies on Tuesdays and Saturdays during August at park locations throughout Evanston.


Just Mercy, based on the book by Bryan Stevenson about the organization he founded, Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned.


Just Mercy tells the story of EJI, from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison, to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our history of racial injustice.



Bryan Stevenson and his book were the impetus for Dear Evanston's Uncomfortable Journey to Montgomery, Alabama last year to visit The Legacy Museum: from Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. You can read about our powerful journey here.

2020 Starlight Movies in the Park Schedule

  • Saturday, August 8, Baker Park, Keeney Street and Forest Avenue, Trolls World Tour

  • Tuesday, August 11, Dawes Park, Sheridan Road and Church Street, Just Mercy

  • Saturday, August 15, James Park, Dodge Avenue and Mulford Street, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

  • Tuesday, August 18, Twiggs Park, Simpson Street and Dodge Avenue, Jumanji: The Next Leve

All attendees must follow these guidelines:

  • Maintain a six-foot distance from those outside of your household at all times.

  • Wear a face covering if you are over two years of age.

  • Bring your own blankets and chairs, and take them with you when you leave.

All movies will begin at dusk. Movies will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Capacity will be limited at movies based on the size of the park. 

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