Alexander at IU Northwest: King would be ‘bursting with pride’ over Ferguson protests

Author and activist Michelle Alexander called Tuesday for a new movement for social justice that brings together advocates for poor people, prisoners and their families, immigrants, minorities and other groups that are denied justice. “We’ve got to be able to connect the dots and build a multiracial, multi-ethnic human rights movement,” she said. “Our challenge […]

‘New Jim Crow’ author to speak at IU Northwest, with streaming to other campuses

Few recent books have had an impact like “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” Michelle Alexander’s 2010 account of how imprisonment has replaced slavery and segregation as a system to control and marginalize people of color in the United States. Next Tuesday, audiences at eight Indiana University campuses will have […]

Attorneys: Deter police misconduct by ‘making them pay’

John Crawford III walked into a Beavercreek, Ohio, Wal-Mart one day last August to buy supplies for a family cookout. A few minutes later he was dead, killed by a police officer who responded to a 911 caller reporting that someone was walking around the store waving a gun at shoppers. “They just came in […]

Research on early Bloomington burial records among MLK Day volunteer opportunities

Indiana University and the City of Bloomington have for several years celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day as “A Day On, Not a Day Off” – an opportunity for focused community service and volunteerism rather than simply a break from work or school. You can find a lengthy list of projects at Bloomington’s Martin Luther […]

NEH grants to support IU historians’ book projects

Indiana University Bloomington historians Kaya Sahin and Ellen Wu can dive into new research projects in 2015 thanks to fellowships awarded last month by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Each was awarded $50,400 through the NEH Fellowships for University Teachers program. Theirs were among 233 NEH grants, totaling $17.9 million, announced in early December. […]