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Upcoming Event

Michelle Alexander
The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindedness
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Wait Chapel
Free and open to the public

Voices of Our Time presents acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar Michelle Alexander. Her New York Times best-selling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, challenges the conventional wisdom that with the election of Barack Obama as President, our nation has “triumphed over race.” Alexander argues that the sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of African-American men, primarily through the War on Drugs, has created a new group of people defined largely by race that is subject to legalized discrimination, scorn and social exclusion.

Alexander will share her insights in conjunction with the “Lay Down My Burden: Freedom and Legacies of the Civil War” conference at Wake Forest October 17-18. To learn more, visit