Best-selling author to discuss 'Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness'

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- On March 13, the Africana Research Center will presents its annual Barbara Jordan lecture with The New York Times best-selling author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" Michelle Alexander.

Alexander is breaking the silence about racial injustice in the American legal system. In her book, "The New Jim Crow," she explores the cultural biases that still exist and how segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration. Currently, there are more African-Americans in prison than were enslaved in 1850. She blames the drug war for many of these, as people are then labeled as felons and stuck in an endless cycle of discrimination. How can they improve their lives when they can't get a job, housing or health benefits? This acclaimed civil rights lawyer explores the myths surrounding our criminal justice system from a racial and ethical standpoint, and offers solutions for combating this epidemic. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m., at the Nittany Lion Inn, Board Room 1 and will be followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors are Department of African American Studies and Equal Opportunity Planning Committee.

Last Updated March 11, 2013