Liberty is Quan’s caseworker’s intern—though the caseworker never appears in the novel, and Liberty seems to be on Quan’s case by herself. She’s a gorgeous young Black woman and a sophomore at Emory University. As a kid, she got in serious trouble, fell in with a gang, and served a 12-month sentence for stealing a car at age 14. Rather than ruin her life, though, that sentence changed her life for the better. Liberty’s own caseworker made her feel seen and presumably inspired her to study to become a caseworker herself. Liberty’s life trajectory helps Quan understand the importance of having positive, invested role models. Quan’s relationship with Liberty is somewhat complicated, as he develops a major crush on her the first time they meet. This isn’t unusual; both Justyce and Jared experience much the same thing to varying degrees. Liberty is extremely confident and has no issue telling the boys off for expressing interest in her. At the end of the novel, Quan discovers that Liberty has a girlfriend.
Liberty Ayers Character Timeline in Dear Justyce
The timeline below shows where the character Liberty Ayers appears in Dear Justyce. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
April 24; Snapshot: A Postscript (Present Day)
Snapshot: Two Boys, a Girl, a Teacher, a Lawyer, and a Case Management Intern in a Basement
...time, a “young (almost) man’s freedom is on the line.” Justyce thanks Attorney Friedman, Doc, Liberty, Jared, and SJ for coming. He lays out the facts: Quan has been incarcerated since... (full context)
Chapter 10: Dasia
Chapter 11: Debt
...has his diploma, but Doc still shows up and gives assignments. Apparently Attorney Friedman and Liberty pulled some strings and now, Quan is earning college credit. Doc also wants to set... (full context)
Snapshot: Two Young Men on a New (To Them) Playground