Atticus! Atticus! Atticus!
“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
It’s the 1930’s in the “tired old town” of Maycomb, Alabama. Tom Robinson, a black man, has been accused of raping a white woman. That’s a hangin’ offense in the deep south. Getting a trial will be a problem. Finding a lawyer to defend him will be even more difficult.
Atticus Finch is chosen to defend this man to the best of his ability. But, a number of righteous white folks aren’t too keen on a trial. If you’ve read the book (or seen the movie) you know what happens next. If you haven’t read the book, now is your chance to rectify this gross injustice.
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird turns 50 on July 11th. This classic tale of moral complexity—and its message of racial tolerance and the loss of innocence—make To Kill a Mockingbird one the best novels of the 20th century.