“There are more African-Americans under correctional control – in prison or jail, on probation or parole – then were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began,” writes legal scholar Michelle Alexander in The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness. According to The Sentencing Project, “The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration with 2.3 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails — a 500% increase over the past thirty years.”
Typically, large activist organizations or intellectuals talk about this issue. However, we often do not come together enough on a community level. On October 29 at the Afrikan Village and Cultural Center of Baltimore, brother Jamal Lee and Mwalimu Sankofa, tackle it in their lecture, “Black Incarceration, Criminal Justice or Criminal Just Us?” (see flyer for additional event details). If you are on Facebook (like most of the world), event information is posted there as well.
Listen to my in-depth conversation with brother Jamal Lee (listen via YouTube or click on the Podcast link below ) about not only his talk, but what concrete steps we can all begin to create change in our homes and communities.