The Tar Heel Family Reading Program

The Tar Heel Family Reading Program had a pilot program in the Fall of 2020, culminating at Carolina Family Weekend in late September. It featured a common reading and opportunities to engage with families, students, and university members in discussion.

Register as a Tar Heel Family Reading Program participant: CLOSED September 4. Email with any questions.

  • ReadJust Mercy by Bryan Stevenson* by September 25
    • You can acquire this book stocked in many online bookstores, community libraries, e-books, and more. For example, here it is on
    • You might consider supporting your area library or community bookstore.
  • September 23, 4:00 - 4:45pm ET: attend a virtual lecture Structures of Inequality: Systemic Racism and Criminal Justice, featuring Distinguished Professor Frank Baumgartner. Free registration required HERE.
  • September 26, 2:00 - 3:00pm ET: Attend the virtual Tar Heel Family Book Panel Discussion.
    • Watch the recording below featuring Dr. Frank Baumgartner, alongside Carolina students and alumni who have been impacted by this book and their research into this topic.
  • Any time: Watch Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan (no, not the Tar Heel MJ we all know and love). Your student has access to watch it streaming on UNC Libraries’ website for FREE. Check the Related Content and Links below for instructions (or click here).
    • Oh, and as always, the book is way better than the movie - so, don’t cheat! Read AND watch as we discuss and learn together.
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