Prisons and jails are the 21st century plantations for black people in the United States, say the organizers of Mass Imprisonment and the Black Community; A National Crisis – forum set for Aug. 10.
Sponsored by the Memphis Black Autonomy Federation (MBAF), the forum will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Java Complex, 1423 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Although African Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for nearly half of the total 2.3 million prisoners in America, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice. The disproportion can be directly tied to the high level of black unemployment, says JoNina Ervin, the acting chair of the MBAF.
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