Justyce McAllister is a high-achieving student with plans to attend an Ivy League school, but none of it matters as he is put into handcuffs by a police officer. Although he has moved away from his rough neighborhood, he still faces criticism from former peers and new classmates. Seeking guidance from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings, Justyce begins writing a journal addressed to him to seek answers. One day, while driving with his friend Manny, they draw the ire of an off-duty white cop, leading to an argument and gunshots being fired, putting Justyce and Manny in danger. As a result, Justyce becomes the target of criticism in the media.
Year of Release: 2017
Author(s): Nic Stone
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