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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
2157 West Boulevard, Charlotte, North Carolina 28208
EDUCATE Truth | EXPOSE Systems | ENGAGE Action
The New Jim Crow six week community engagement series is a facilitated book discussion offered by Educate To Engage, LLC. For the spring series, we are pleased to announce a collaboration with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Learning Circle Program.
Sessions occur weekly beginning Wed., May 9 through Wed., June 13, @ 6:00PM — 8:00PM.
This series is limited to 25 participants.
One-time registration for the entire series. Please ONLY register on May 9, which indicates your committment to attend all six weeks.
Please complete a brief pre-event survey (emailed) after registering.
Using Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness as a guide for personal reflection and provocative dialogue, our mission is to explore slavery to mass incarceration while examiming our own experiences of oppression and/or privilege, respectively. Through dialogue and activities rooted in popular education, together with partner org, Co-Learning for Action Project (CLAP), we will EDUCATE truth about American history, EXPOSE systems of oppression in the US criminal justice system, and ENGAGE in transformative action upon reflection of these realities.
We use the hashtag #NoMoreBystanding as a rally cry to anyone interested in joining a self-reflective, unapologetic, transformative process that stimulates personal discovery and engages individual and collective action toward liberating us all from the trauma of white supremacy and systemic racism in the US justice system.
Please consider helping women-of-color owned small businesses lead this work and scale up for social change. Non tax deductible contributions are based on an economic justice sliding scale. Support our work here: paypal.me/edu2engage.
Excerpt from NewJimCrow.com…
The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement… The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face.
Michelle Alexander shows that, by targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness.
The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.
1) How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email: [email protected]
2) What can I bring into the event?
Book — The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Library «book club kit» — 10 copies of the book will be available to check out for this program. Books must be returned at the end of the series.
3) What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The West Boulevard library has a parking lot. Overflow parking is in the open field directly across the street.
The #10 CATS bus stop is within walking distance of the library.