Fall 2021

Mass Incarceration, Black Men, and the Fight for Justice

From the Series Issues in Action (Read Woke ™ Books)

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

In the United States, Black men are almost six times more likely to be imprisoned than white men. This disproportionate impact can be traced back to slavery, Jim Crow laws, and the criminalization of Black people into the modern day. With growing awareness about unfair treatment in the justice system, more and more people are calling for change. Read more about the history and causes of mass incarceration and how activists are reforming and rethinking justice.

Read Woke™ Books are created in partnership with Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke librarian. Inspired by a belief that knowledge is power, Read Woke Books seek to amplify the voices of people of the global majority (people who are of African, Arab, Asian, and Latin American descent and identify as not white), provide information about groups that have been disenfranchised, share perspectives of people who have been underrepresented or oppressed, challenge social norms and disrupt the status quo, and encourage readers to take action in their community.

Format Your Price
978-1-7284-2342-5
$21.99
978-1-7284-3137-6
$9.99
978-1-7284-3068-3
$32.99
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand Read Woke ™ Books
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2021-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF053140, JNF025170, JNF030000
Dewey 365/.608996073
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1080
Guided Reading Level Z
ATOS Reading Level 6.8
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Introductory note, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, Starred Reviews, Timeline, and eSource

Note: Accelerated Reader® values are estimates.

Reviews

Booklist

“The short chapters pack a punch with sentences that make unflinching statements . . . a strong addition to social-justice collections.”—starred, Booklist

Author: Cicely Lewis

Cicely Lewis is a school librarian with a passion for creating lovers of reading. She was named the 2020 National Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal and Scholastic, a 2019 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and the 2019 National Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Penguin Random House (PRH). In 2017, she started the Read Woke challenge in response to the shootings of young unarmed black people, the repeal of DACA, and the lack of diversity in young adult literature. A native of Mississippi, she currently resides in Georgia with her Anime loving husband, Michael and two rambunctious children, Tristan and Trinity. When she is not reading, you can find Cicely writing for her bi-monthly column in the School Library Journal where she shares her book recommendations.