LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Civil
rights lawyer, professor and author Michelle Alexander will talk about what she
describes as the “mass incarceration” of African Americans during the fifth
annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture Nov. 10 at the University of Louisville.
Her free, public talk is
titled "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of
Colorblindness," which also is the title of her 2010 book. Alexander's
lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St. Parking
is available for $4 in the adjacent garage.
UofL's Anne Braden
Institute for Social Justice Research sponsors the lecture; both are named for
a Louisvillian active in the civil rights movement for nearly six decades.
Alexander, who has a
joint appointment with The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law and
the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, formerly was director
of the Civil Rights Clinic at Stanford University Law School and director of
the Racial Justice Project for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern
California. With the ACLU, she helped lead a national campaign against racial
profiling by law enforcement.
Her book won the NAACP
Image Award for outstanding nonfiction and the American Political Science
Association's Michael Harrington Best Book Award for an academic book with the
potential to mobilize change on pressing social and political issues.
In her book, Alexander
argues that the high percentage of African Americans in prisons, especially
through the War on Drugs, has created a new racial underclass, and that felons
experience the old forms of discrimination. She recommends that civil rights
advocates working for racial justice should put mass incarceration at the
movement's forefront. "The New Jim Crow" has been featured on
"Bill Moyers Journal," "Tavis Smiley," "C-SPAN
Washington Journal" and National Public Radio.
The Anne Braden
Institute also is promoting discussion groups using Alexander’s book; for a
book kit or more details, contact the institute at 502-852-6142.
For more information or
to interview Alexander, call Amber Duke at the institute, 502-852-6142, or visit