Common Read of ‘The New Jim Crow’

August 2020 

Sponsored by the UVA Law Diversity, Equity and Belonging Committee; the Student Bar Association; and the Black Law Students Association

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Getting to know someone requires appreciating both the idiosyncrasies of their personal story and also the stories of the communities to which they belong. At the Law School, we are particularly well-situated to engage with how those stories are affected by law and society.

To help understand one such story, and to help gather the Law School community around a common project during a period of social distance and national protests for racial justice, students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a Common Read of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander. 

In September, participants will be invited to join small discussion groups to talk about the book on two separate occasions in the fall. Over the course of the year, the committee will host events on the themes raised by “The New Jim Crow” to keep the conversation going.

The book can be downloaded for free from the University Library. If you do not have library access, you may email Julie Yelm ( to have a copy of the e-book sent to you.

About the Diversity, Equity and Belonging Committee

UVA Law’s Diversity, Equity and Belonging Committee is charged with helping to provide all students, faculty and staff with an opportunity to succeed and cultivating a sense of belonging for community members. We strive to ensure that each Hoo knows they are welcome at the Law School by making sure that their humanity is seen, that their contributions to the community are valued and that they are known by the community. The committee can be reached at