“Race and Mass Incarceration” will be the theme for Emory & Henry’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. The college community will join together during this pivotal moment to address the problem of systematic oppression.
The event will feature a series of programs over six days designed to bring awareness to this topic about which Dr. King spoke so boldly against and to inspire movement toward change.
The keynote address will be delivered on Monday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. in the McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Main Stage Theatre. The featured speaker will be Dr. Bruce Western, a professor of sociology at Harvard University and faculty chair of the program in criminal justice policy and management at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and director of the center. The American prison population is the largest in the world, and incarceration is overwhelmingly concentrated in poor communities of color. In “Race, Poverty, and Mass Incarceration,” Western will discuss the scope of consequences of American incarceration. He concludes by describing a new mood of political reform and the changes necessary for a significant reduction in incarceration rates.