Miller Center: Alexander on the New Jim Crow

The Miller Center–Although Jim Crow laws have long been abolished, Michelle Alexander argues that a surprising percentage of the African-American community remains trapped in a subordinate status–much like their grandparents before them. This is the subject of Alexander’s provocative new book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. A long-time civil rights advocate and litigator, Alexander won a 2005 Soros Justice Fellowship and now holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Mortiz College of Law at Ohio State University. She also served as a law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court. A book signing will follow her Forum.