Books and Breakfast Presents: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Join the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, the Desmond Tutu Center, and Butler University Political Science students for a book discussion on Race and Oppression



“The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. Since its publication in 2010, the book has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year; been dubbed the “secular bible of a new social movement” by numerous commentators, including Cornel West; and has led to consciousness-raising efforts in universities, churches, community centers, re-entry centers, and prisons nationwide. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face.

The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.”-

All are welcome to this book discussion hosted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. The discussion will include a large group dialogue about key ideas in the book and a video showing and activities for children.

When: Saturday, February 27th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: MLKCC, 40 West 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 

You can access the book through your local library (if available) or by purchasing the text. If you are unable to access a copy of the book, you can download an excerpt here!.

Help your local community members by donating a book! The MLKCC accepts donations for the Books and Breakfast program to support program activities and access to books. Donate now.



Books and Breakfast is a Hands Up United Initiative

Guided by the Hands Up United Books and Breakfast Initiative, the MLKCC and DTC, with assistance from Butler University students, have created a free Saturday morning book club devoted to reading, dialogue, and community growth around important topics. Each month a new book and theme is introduced.

The goal of the program as facilitated by the MLKCC and DTC is to cultivate a space for community members to discuss issues around race, activism, justice, racism, revolution, etc. using captivating literature as the catalyst. By exposing the community to inspiring and invigorating books, the Books and Breakfast program hopes to ignite change in our local community. It is only with understanding, acceptance, and motivation from within that change in our community can begin to occur.

Enjoy a good breakfast, a good read, and a great opportunity to inspire change in our community.

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