The New Jim Crow Author Michelle Alexander Wins $250k Heinz Award
#LegalBae and author of the critically acclaimed book “The New Jim Crow,” Michelle Alexander, has been recognized by the prestigious Heinz Awards in the public policy category.
The author was chosen to receive the award because of her efforts to bring attention to mass incarceration in Black communities reports JBHE:
The awards were established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz from Pennsylvania, an heir to the Heinz Ketchup fortune. The Heinz Award comes with a $250,000 prize.
According to the award committee, Professor Alexander is being honored “for her work in drawing national attention to the issues of mass incarceration of African American youth and men in the United States, and for igniting a movement that is inspiring organizations and individuals to take constructive action on criminal justice reform.
Congratulations to Michelle Alexander!
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