A Critical Conversation with “The New Jim Crow”

“I have been staying in my lane. But no more. In my view, the most important lesson we can learn from Dr. King is not what he said at the March on Washington, but what he said and did after. In the years that followed, he did not play politics to see what crumbs a fundamentally corrupt system might toss to the beggars of justice. Instead he connected the dots and committed himself to building a movement that would shake the foundations of our economic and social order, so that the dream he preached in 1963 might one day be a reality for all. He said that nothing less than “a radical restructuring of society” could possibly ensure justice and dignity for all. He was right.” – Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness, has gained widespread attention for its compelling analysis of the relationship between mass incarceration and racism in the U.S. More recently, after reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of the historical March on Washington, Michelle Alexander took her work to another level by challenging educational practices. She encouraged her audience on Facebook to “intersect lanes” and resist the expectation to only view problems of practice through one lens or “lane.”

Jacqueline, Shiv and Nekima are going to answer Alexander’s call by beginning a dialogue about intersecting the lanes of education, race, discipline and community-centric practice. What strategies can folks on the ground adopt to address these issues? What tools might be re-purposed to encourage restructuring from the bottom up? What might restorative justice have to say to these issues?

Howard Zehr will facilitate the webinar.

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 4:30-6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (United States)

Cost: $10 USD

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Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho is pursuing a Professional Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Duquesne University. She is examining racially inequitable discipline practices in schools through social justice lenses. Jacqueline seeks to understand how race is involved with discipline practices and the role educational leaders play in racial disparity. She is also the Heinz Fellow for the Duquesne University, School of Education Canevin Center for Social Justice. Jacqueline currently consults with various community-centric organizations to facilitate educational outreach and community engagement. She has a rich background in facilitative dialogue, program development and transformative networking and has consulted with the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law School and The NAACP Legal Defense Fund in partnership with Atlantic Philanthropies, among others, assisting in the development of transformative tools for community based organizations and organizers serving vulnerable communities. She received her M.A. from CJP.

Shiv Desai is an assistant professor at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY. He has been a critical social justice educator for more than 15 years. He has taught from 5th grade to 12th grade in the two largest school districts in the nation: New York and Los Angeles. For the last 5 years, he has been a teacher educator working to prepare pre-service teachers for urban education. His research interests include critical social justice in education, hip hop pedagogy, critical race theory, critical literacy, and YPAR. He has presented at international education conferences and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son in Cincinnati.

Nekima Levy-Pounds is a professor of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis and the Director of the Community Justice Project, an award-winning civil rights legal clinic. Professor Levy-Pounds trains law students to use the law as a tool to advance the cause of justice on behalf of poor communities of color. Professor Levy-Pounds is also the author of numerous scholarly articles focusing on issues at the intersection of race, poverty, public education, juvenile justice, and the criminal justice system. Professor Levy-Pounds is active in the local community, serving on the boards of the Minneapolis Foundation, Brotherhood, Inc., Catholic Charities, and Growth and Justice.