At a time when justice can seem far away, a very distant American ideal, we need to envision it. We need to ask what true justice looks like and how we make it happen. We need to re-tell and re-articulate the stories and statements of justice that have informed and inspired movements for change throughout American history, and we need to generate new stories and statements that give us strength and hope in our present struggles.
James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color. His latest book Locking Up Our Own won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction. A former public defender in Washington, D.C., Forman tells riveting stories of politicians, community activists, police officers, defendants, and crime victims trapped in terrible dilemmas. The New York Times’ Jennifer Senior called it “the best book I’ve read this year.”
We hope you will consider presenting a lesson or project that builds on the theme “Justice in America.” Consider presentations or panels that address race, justice, crime and punishment, activism, social change — past and present, locally and nationally, in educational and political settings, in local and national conversations. Presenters are invited to submit individually or collaborate with other participants. The deadline for proposals is December 14.