Civil rights attorney Michelle Alexander to speak during MLK celebration

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Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander, a renowned civil rights attorney, author and legal scholar, will join Earlham College, Indiana University East and the Richmond chapter of the NAACP for a lecture on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Alexander will speak at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, via Zoom. She will be joined by Justina Licata, assistant professor of history at Indiana University East, to reflect on King’s legacy in the context of the challenges we still face today. 

Alexander is the author of the New York Times best seller, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”, which helped spark a national debate about the crisis of mass incarceration in the United States and inspired advocacy efforts nationwide. Since the book was first published in 2010, it has spent nearly 250 weeks on The Times’ best-seller list and has been cited in judicial decisions, adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads, and has inspired a generation of racial justice activists.

Alexander has written for numerous publications, including the Washington PostThe Nation, the Los Angeles Times and HuffPost and has been featured on national radio and television media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, NPR, MSNBC, C-Span and “Democracy Now.”


About Earlham College 

Since 1847, Earlham College has fostered a collaborative learning community that inspires and motivates students with transformative opportunities and experiences so they can become catalysts for good in a changing world. Located in Richmond, Indiana, Earlham is one of U.S. News & World Report’s Top 100 national liberal arts colleges and offers one of the top 20 classroom experiences in the nation, according to the Princeton Review.

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