Did you know that African Americans make up 4% of Iowa’s population, but 25% of the Iowa prison population? The causes are complex. On Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Muscatine Community College Student Center, there will be a discussion of the book The New Jim Crow. The New Jim Crow is an account of the rebirth of the caste-like system in the United States that has resulted in millions of African-Americans locked behind bars and relegated to a permanent second-class status, denied the rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander explores issues of incarceration and reentry into society. Since its publication in 2010, the book has appeared on The New York Times bestseller list for more than a year.

Adrien Wing, Associate Dean for the International and Comparative Law Program at the University of Iowa College of Law, will facilitate a discussion of The New Jim Crow. Dean Wing received her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, her Master’s degree in African studies from UCLA, and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from Stanford Law School. She advised the founding fathers and mothers of three constitutions: South Africa, Palestine, and Rwanda.

Copies of the book are available for check out at the Musser Public Library and for purchase at the event. However, everyone interested in the topic of mass incarceration of minorities is invited to attend whether or not they have read the book.

This event will be held Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Muscatine Community College Student Center. Co-sponsors are the League of Women Voters of Muscatine County, the Alexander G. Clark Lecture Series, and Muscatine Community College.