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Listen to The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander - Available Now


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is available for everyone to listen to from June 15 to July 14 on Overdrive.

This is part of a new Community Reads program called Black Lives Matter spearheaded by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council and the Urban Libraries Council with the help of Overdrive. Overdrive is working with publishers to make important titles on social justice and anti-racism available for community reading ̶ in other words, without waiting lists for a period of time.

Regarded as one of the most influential titles of the last 20 years, The New Jim Crow exposes racial discrimination at all levels of the US criminal justice system. It helped lift the debate on racial and criminal justice and influenced the creation of the BlackLivesMatter movement. Michelle Alexander’s bestselling title reminds us there is still much to do to end racial caste in America, and for the record, in Canada, too.Check out and listen to this significant eAudiobook now!

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open to follow this new BLM program as more titles become available to increase awareness about these essential issues. Each person’s growing awareness and understanding will help change the world to one that is racist-free.

The next title in this BLM series will be Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad, availabe June 22 for 3 weeks as an eBook.

Image: The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
By Alexander, Michelle
Image: Me and White Supremacy

Me and White Supremacy

Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become A Good Ancestor
By Saad, Layla F