Racial Justice Book Club

Raising Awareness of Racial Justice

Every other month, a high quality, carefully vetted book focusing on racial justice issues will be selected for participants to read and discuss.

Next meeting: 5:30 p.m. Thursday April 13, 2017 at The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, 63117.  This discussion will take place prior to Women’s Voices regular meeting.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

“Michelle 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 Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP

“Alexander’s brave and bold new book paints a haunting picture in which dreary felon garb, post-prison joblessness, and loss of voting rights now do the stigmatizing work once done by colored-only water fountains and legally segregated schools.  With dazzling candor, Alexander argues that we all pay the cost of the new Jim Crow”  Lani Guinier, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

In this book, which spent six weeks on the The New York Times paperback nonfiction best-seller list, Michelle Alexander, powerfully points out the injustices of our criminal justice system.  She writes that nearly 1/3 of black men are likely to spend time in prison at one point, only to find themselves falling into permanent second-class citizenship after they get out.  By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control….a modern JIm Crow.

 

Book Group Calendar

April 2016:    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

June 2016:  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates  

August 2016:  Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy

October 2016:  South of Haunted Dreams by Eddie L. Harris

December 2016:  On the Run by Alice Goffman

February 2017:  The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

April 2017:  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by

Michelle Alexander  April 13:  in-person discussion at 5:30 at The Heights prior to the Women’s Voices monthly meeting

June 2017:  The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jim Hobbs