February 09, 2018

CHAT AT THE BOOKSTORE AT GRACE: Policing the Black Man Panel Discussion

Mt. Vernon, NY—Grace Baptist Church, 52 S. 6th Ave., Mt. Vernon, NY, is hosting an informative and much needed community focused panel discussion on the nationally acclaimed book, “Policing the Black Man,” on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 1:00pm.

The discussion will feature Angela J. Davis, professor of law at American University, Washington, D. C. Davis is editor of “Policing the Black Man” and author of two of the thirteen, “thought-provoking essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars.” Joining Davis, as featured panelists, are Assistant Warden Eric Middleton, Westchester County Department of Correction, Detective David Clarke Mt. Vernon Police Department,  Grace’s Young Adult Ministry President Arthur Bobian with discussion moderator Quay Wallace Watkins, Esq.

The panel will explore the historical and systemic impact of America’s criminal justice system on black men and boys. “By the end of 2009, the number of black men on probation, in prison, in jail, or on parole roughly equaled the number enslaved in 1850.” Panelists will also discuss why African American communities must become change agents for disparity in the criminal justice system to change. Consequently remedies in the book to bring about change will also be discussed.

Professor Davis wrote the Introduction to this book filled with staggering disproportionate statistics: “African Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be arrested than whites and 49 percent of black men can expect to be arrested at least once by age twenty-three.”

Other noted essays in the book are A Presumption of Guilt: The Legacy of America’s History of Racial Injustice by Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and Does Black Lives Matter to the Courts, co-authored by Sherrilyn A. Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. with Deputy Director of Litigation Jin Hee Lee.

A book signing and reception will follow immediately after the discussion. Contact Velma McKenzie-Orr for additional information at 718-710-6912.