Book Club Selection for July

Mt. Pleasant Library

Book Club Selection for July

Image oc the cover of Michelle Alexander's book The New Jmi Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessWith the election of Barack Obama, many people went on record stating that racial lines and prejudices in American society were firmly a thing of the past. While this may be a premature and rather naïve statement to make, how far has the struggle for civil rights come?

While racial discrimination is constitutionally illegal, why is it that the overwhelming majority of the prison population remains African American? How has the U.S. criminal justice system been complicit in making the same patterns of discrimination once reserved for African Americans – including those in housing, employment and education – acceptable where felons are concerned?

In this fascinating book, civil rights advocate and lawyer Michelle Alexander explores these and other compelling questions, challenging readers to rethink current socially acceptable yet morally questionable attitudes toward criminals and felons.

The Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at La Casa, located right next door to the interim library. For more information, please contact Ana Elisa de Campos Salles at, or call the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library at 202-671-3122.