The New Jim Crow Reading Group, Cascade Village Public Art

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On February 7, 2013.  The New Jim Crow Reading Group met for the last time.  We had a potluck supper, attended Story Circles at Guzzetta Hall, University of Akron led by members of the Color Line Committee on the theme of “losing freedom” and finally attended the lecture by Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow:  Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness.  The group was successful in many ways.  It brought together residents of Cascade Village with community organizers from other neighborhoods in Akron.  It produced spirited discussion in which each person was vying to communicate to the group.  We came up with actions, some personal and a few group oriented.  For example we plan to show The House I Live In, a documentary film with some narration by Michelle Alexander at both the Community Center at Cascade Village and at the Myers School of Art, University of Akron.  Bonds were formed in this group that will continue into the future.

This article was written by: Donna Webb

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