August 2014 Featured Book:The New Jim Crow

Theme: Non-Fiction 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindnessby Michelle Alexander (290 pages)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6792458-the-new-jim-crow?from_search=true

As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status-much like their grandparents before them. In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. 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.


Where You Can Get The Book: 

Amazon: Hardback, Paperback, and eBook

Barnes and Nobles: Hardback, Paperback, and eBook 

Apple Store: eBook 

Miami-Dade Public Library (MDPLS): Paperback/Hardback (6 Copies)

Broward County Library (BCL): Paperback/Hardback (8 Copy)

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  • lesline m.

    Sorry I had to leave early..it was such a great topic..ordinary people can do important things..it makes me think - how can we help break the cycle...within our communities - does it mean making sure we all vote in local elections - driving family / friends to the poll for this August/Nov elelctionss...or organizing & attending Miami dades monthly sessions on how our local justice system work...organizing & attending the politican forums current candidates are having and dispersing the info to our communities so they become informed voters... or finding out which of our local schools have the highest rate of suspensions and incarcerations of our black youths..then volunteering as a group at the school..attending PTA meetings to see if we can help turn that around.. or finding out how can help locally with the President's initiative of "My Brothers Keeper"...I don't know.. today's Jim Crow ..is complicated.. with so many layers...

    2 · August 10

  • Melissa

    Heading there now had a work event

    August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good Afternoon, sorry wont be able to make it. Home shopping in Aventura.

    August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to come to one of the meetups but they are always at the same far place. Why can't you try to have a meeting near boward so everyone can attend?

    August 1

    • Mahogany

      Hi Cathy. Sorry that the location is inconvenient for you. But when I started Mocha Readers I noticed that there was a lack of book clubs geared to Black Women in Miami Dade County. There was already an established book club in Broward (I am not sure that it is still active). Therefore, I felt that MDC had the need. There is also the fact that I live in Miami and so do most of the active members. I try to keep things as simple as possible. For what I can tell most book clubs do not change venues or days of week. They are held in the same location almost every meeting to not confuse members and to make it easier for people to plan their schedules. Moving the meeting nearer to Broward might make it easier for some people to attend but it would inconvenience other (like myself). MDC and Broward are big counties and unfortunately will not be able to meet the needs of everyone that wants to attend.

      August 3

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for having a group in Miami. I wish that everyone can come but I am really grateful bc this is my saving grace for community with other Black women. I drive an hour to get there but it was always worth it.

      August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been really wanting to read this book but unfortunately I cant attend. I miss this group but will be back soon!! Warm wishes.

    August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really upset that I have to back out of tomorrow's group. I've been looking forward to the discussion. But I'm really sick, something with vertigo... it makes me really off-balance. I can't drive at all, doctor's orders, so... I have to miss it. *sigh* Sorry all.

    August 8

    • Mahogany

      Sorry to hear that Khadija but your health is way more important. I hope you get better soon.

      August 8

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Mahogany... If there's anyone in or near Pembroke Pines who wouldn't mind me tagging along. I'll give you gas money. I just really want to go...

      August 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    South Florida Book Festival
    Returns to the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center on July 25 & 26

    Leading off as keynote speaker is Congressman James E. Clyburn. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings is expected to join Clyburn on the stage.

    The two-day festival will feature a trio of bestselling writers –Eric Jerome Dickey, Donna Hill and Pamela Samuels Young. Also featured will be Dr. Carl Hart, a neuroscientist and frequent national guest on PBS, CNBC, and Fox News. Workshops will conducted by a financial analyst from Chicago named Kembala Evans and a local author/poet of a Caribbean flavor, Geoffrey Philp. There will be a fun forum on natural hair care and a sampling of Caribbean cooking with three local chefs. Several prominent women writers of Haitian descent will share their vision – Mahalia Solages, Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel and M.J. Fievre.

    July 25, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ($25 in advance, $30 at the door)
    July 26, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    July 24

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