Spirit of Justice: Angela Davis and Michelle Alexander

 

Union visiting professor Michelle Alexander — bestselling author of The New Jim Crow — and Angela Davis — acclaimed political activist, academic, and author — discuss the evils of mass incarceration, and how we can create a more just society.

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.

The Spirit of Justice aims to amplify the voices of modern-day revolutionaries—artists, activists, scholars, healers, teachers and more—who are committed to moving forward in new ways with a keen understanding of the political history and moral dilemmas which brought us to this moment in time.