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Ithaca, NY — The New Jim Crow Community Read is holding the first of six public discussions on Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

Last month, on September 19th, The Community Read Kick Off Event at the Green Star Space drew 400 community members for standing room only, vastly exceeding the 250 participants expected. High attendance is expected at October’s public discussion.

Today’s discussion is led by Dr. Sean Eversley-Bradwell of Ithaca College on the theme “From Chains to Prison Bars” and will explore the purposeful evolution of systems of racial control in the United States, beginning with Slavery through Jim Crow Laws and the contemporary system Mass Incarceration and The Drug War.

This public discussion corresponds with the introduction and chapter 1 of The New Jim Crow.

In February 2017, The New Jim Crow author, Michelle Alexander, will deliver the Cornell MLK Memorial Lecture at the State Theater of Ithaca.

Public discussions are scheduled on monthly basis from September 2016 through April 2017. Each event is hosted by a different community group and focuses on a theme from one of the six chapters of The New Jim Crow. Over 40 community study groups are forming to read the book alongside the public events.

The event is happening from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, located at 301 West Court St.