Acclaimed Author & Legal Scholar Michelle Alexander to Lead ‘The Spirit of Justice’, a Series of Public Dialogues at Union

September 20, 2017
NEW YORK– Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (Union) announces the launch of a series of free public dialogues that aims to explore what kind of democracy, economy, and global community that we, the people, aim to co-create in the months and years to come.  Michelle Alexander, Visiting Professor and Scholar at Union, and bestselling author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, will host these timely discussions through a series of one-on-one dialogues with provocative and inspiring thought leaders, beginning with acclaimed activist and scholar, Angela Davis (Oct. 20), bestselling author Naomi Klein (Feb. 15, 2018), and Black Lives Matter co-founder, Patrisse Cullors (April 19, 2018).
The Spirit of Justice dialogues come not a moment too soon. The 2016 U.S. presidential election highlights the dangers of viewing American history as a slow but steady march towards greater freedom, justice, and equality for all. The reality is far more complicated. But one thing is clear: Since the days of our nation’s founding, there have always been people who have courageously embraced and embodied a spirit of justice. People of all colors, backgrounds, and walks of life have, in various ways, shown up in American history as revolutionaries, challenging us to reimagine what dignity, justice, and equality ought to mean and forcing us to reconsider who should be considered worthy of our collective care, compassion, and concern.
While some may wish to return to a time when most Americans had few rights and little


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