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Crime and Punishment in Black America, A Conversation with James Forman Jr.

Host Organization: Philanthropy Northwest

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Philanthropy Northwest is pleased to bring James Forman Jr. as our next Racial Equity Series Speaker.
How did the United States come to lock up more of its citizens than any other nation on earth? What can we do to change that?

Professor James Forman has written many law review articles, in addition to op-eds and essays for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the New Republic, the Nation and the Washington Post. His first book is the critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America (2017), which explores how decisions made by black leaders, often with the best of intentions, contributed to disproportionately incarcerating black and brown people.

Locking Up Our Own is a book so compelling that it was named one of the New York Times’ Top 10 books of 2017, was longlisted for the National Book Award and became an instant Washington Post bestseller. In his memorable keynote, Forman shares his life journey as a child of a civil rights leader, a public defender, a founder of a charter school for incarcerated teens and a law professor. He outlines America’s criminal justice crisis with both data and human stories. He leaves the audience inspired and armed with concrete ideas for how they themselves can contribute to change.

There will be a book signing following the event. Tickets will be on sale soon!

Thanks to our sponsoring partner for this event, Tacoma Arts Live.

The Racial Equity Speaker series consists of events throughout the year with speakers highlighting national and regional equity issues.

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