Just Mercy

Just Mercy

The older man in the wheelchair Character Analysis

After Stevenson’s experience of racial profiling, he gives a speech in a rural Alabama church. The older man in the wheelchair advises him to “keep beating the drum for justice.” The old man is a veteran of violent civil rights battles, and he has many scars from police violence that he considers his “medals of honor.” He is one of many wise older black people in the book who share with Stevenson their own experiences fighting for civil rights.

The older man in the wheelchair Quotes in Just Mercy

The Just Mercy quotes below are all either spoken by The older man in the wheelchair or refer to The older man in the wheelchair. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Spiegel & Grau edition of Just Mercy published in 2015.
Chapter 2 Quotes

“You see this scar on the top of my head?” He tilted his head to show me. “I got that scar in Greene County, Alabama trying to register to vote in 1964. You see this scar on the side of my head? […] I got that scar in Mississippi demanding civil rights. […] These aren’t my scars, cuts and bruises. These are my medals of honor.”

Related Characters: Bryan Stevenson (speaker), The older man in the wheelchair (speaker)
Page Number: 23
Explanation and Analysis:

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The older man in the wheelchair Character Timeline in Just Mercy

The timeline below shows where the character The older man in the wheelchair appears in Just Mercy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Stand
Resistance and Advocacy Theme Icon
Systemic Power, Oppression, and Dehumanization Theme Icon
Empathy, Mercy, and Humanization Theme Icon
...church, his voice begins to quaver when he shares his own experience. After the speech, an older man in a wheelchair approaches with a young boy. The man baffles Stevenson by asking sternly if Stevenson knows... (full context)