Talks at the Schomburg: Racial History of the American Criminal Justice System
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
New York, NY
Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness.
Michelle Alexander is an associate professor of law at Ohio State University, a civil rights advocate and a writer.
“For every century there is a crisis in our democracy, the response to which defines how future generations view those who were alive at the time. In the 18th century it was the transatlantic slave trade, in the 19th century it was slavery, in the 20th century it was Jim Crow. Today it is mass incarceration. Alexander's book offers a timely and original framework for understanding mass incarceration, its roots to Jim Crow, our modern caste system, and what must be done to eliminate it. This book is a call to action.” - Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP
Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library. Muhammad is a former professor of African-American history at Indiana University.
"An impressive and important book that could not have appeared at a better time. The mass incarceration of poorly educated black and Hispanic men has become a principal instrument of social policy in the United States in recent decades. In this exquisitely argued book, Muhammad illuminates the social, political, and cultural roots of this phenomenon. In my opinion, this is the most significant work in the study of race and American society to have appeared in the past decade." - Glenn C. Loury, author of The Anatomy of Racial Inequality
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is one of the world's leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences. A focal point of Harlem's cultural life, the Center sponsors programs and events that illuminate and illustrate the richness of black history and culture.
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