Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, social justice advocate, legal scholar and visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary. Her 2010 book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010) argues that the US criminal justice system functions as a system of racial control even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow, a New York Times bestselling book, received numerous awards, including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Non-fiction, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency Prevention for a Safer Society (PASS) Award.
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies, is the author of From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016), an examination of the history and politics of Black America and the development of the social movement Black Lives Matter in response to police violence in the United States. The book received the Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book.
This event, sponsored by the Stafford Little Lecture Series, is free and open to the public, with no ticket or reservation required.