Media Advisory: Michelle Alexander: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar Michelle Alexander will speak at Wake Forest University at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 in Wait Chapel as part of the University’s Voices of Our Time series.

Alexander’s New York Times best-selling book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, challenges the conventional wisdom that with the election of Barack Obama as President, our nation has “triumphed over race.”

She argues that the sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of African-American men, primarily through the War on Drugs, has created a new group of people defined largely by race that is subject to legalized discrimination, scorn and social exclusion.

Reserved seating for media:  Media seating is available in the front row on the right side of Wait Chapel. Cameras may set up in the right stairway. Media needing line-level audio should arrive at Wait Chapel no later than 5:30 p.m. The doors will open at 5:15 p.m.

The speaker has requested that recording/photography be limited to the first few minutes of her presentation.  Alexander will not be available for interviews.

Parking is available in lot A beside Wait Chapel or in lot Q behind the chapel.


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