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Michelle Alexander: MLK Week Keynote Address
January 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Michelle Alexander will deliver the keynote talk for UNC Asheville’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Week on January 18 at 7 p.m. in the Sherrill Center’s Kimmel Arena. The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Michelle Alexander’s best-selling book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” both crystalized and amplified public discussion about racism and civil rights, the war on drugs and the prison system. As an attorney, Alexander clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun at the U.S. Supreme Court, directed the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, and brought discrimination suits in private practice.
She now is a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary and a forceful public speaker who argues that mass incarceration is today’s version of Jim Crow segregation.
This event is presented by UNC Asheville with support from the Blue Ridge District of the United Methodist Church.
UNC Asheville’s Cultural Events Series is sponsored by Blue Ridge Public Radio, Biltmore Farms Communities, and Our State Magazine.
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