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Durham County Library Hosts Discussion on Mass Incarceration

Program: Discussion on Mass Incarceration and the Legacy of Race in America
Date: Sunday, April 27
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host a discussion of the documentary Slavery by Another Name, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. The program will feature Dr. Charles Campbell, Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School; Daryl Atkinson, Attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ); and Kimberly Brown, a re-entry activist.

The documentary Slavery by Another Name is based on Douglas Blackmon’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same title. It covers the eight decades following the Civil War and explores how criminal conscription re-enslaved African Americans in a kind of “neo-slavery.” Excerpts from the film will be shown and discussed, with a focus on how the legacy of slavery shapes mass incarceration today.

Campbell earned his Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from Duke University, and has been teaching at Duke since 2009. He has written three books on homiletics and preaching, and is a former president of the Academy of Homiletics. Atkinson is a staff attorney at SCSJ, where he focuses on criminal justice reform. He helped found North Carolina Second Chance Alliance, a statewide coalition of organizations, community leaders and citizens who work for “safe and successful reintegration of adults and juveniles with criminal records by promoting policies that remove barriers to productive citizenship.”

This program is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This event is co-sponsored by Project TURN, a local prison-based education program, and Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or grozier@dconc.gov

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