It’s on APRIL FOOL’S DAY though not a subject for joking. The next Continuing Conversation on Race will be Monday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Princeton Public Library (second floor) on the topic of The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. You do NOT have to have read the book to participate.

Larry Spruill and Rosemary Cilenti will lead the discussion, starting with the questions here.

What myths and assumption do the general public hold about the criminal justice system?

How dose mass incarceration affect communities in which rates of incarceration are high?

How does the post reconstruction Jim Crow compare to “The New Jim Crow”?

However, if you have ever come to one of these sessions, you know that the conversation veers to places where the participants want to go. These monthly Continuing Conversations offer a chance to talk about very difficult issues in an honest and friendly way — with the security that whatever is said in the room will stay in the room.

The  book will be read aloud in the Jim Crow Read-Out, shown left, starting Sunday, April 7 at 5 p.m. and continuing for a week in front of Hinds Plaza. 

An expert on due process speaks on April 21. For more events, click here.  For a black person’s perspective on why doesn’t want to discuss race, see the post below.