The National Institute for Restorative Justice
"Educating for Advocacy"
Shackled Minds Book Discussion Series
15226 Lakeshore Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44110
Social Justice
Economic Justice
Legal Justice

"Without education, there is no hope for our people
and without hope, our
future is lost" -
Charles Hamilton Houston
Join The
Drum Majors
For Justice!
Shackled Minds:
The Bondage of Black America
A Six Book & Film Discussion Series
October 26 - December 18, 2010
Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Registration Required

Beginning Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.,
The Restorative Justice Initiative of Deuteronomy
8:3 Cafe Books & Music will facilitate an
eight-week book and film discussion series
focusing on the continued social, economic,
political, legal and psychological bondage of Black
America. The discussions and screenings will take
place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00
to 8:30 p.m.

The series will begin the day before the Cleveland
Cavaliers' NBA official season tip-off, with the
discussion of Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise,
Fall and Redemption of the Black Athletes by New
York Times sports columnist, William Rhoden. The
series will end with the discussion of The New Jim
Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of
Colorblindness by Ohio State University professor
of law, race and ethnicity, Michelle Alexander. At
least one evening discussion on each of the books
will be guided by an area scholar or authority on
the subject.  The series will also serve as the
backdrop for our third summit on the Thirteenth
Amendment and the Prison Industrial Complex, to
be held Saturday, December 18, 2010, on the 145
anniversary of the declaration of the Amendment
into the United States Constitutional.

The series will also include readings and
discussion of: Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth
of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell, Dark Bargain:
Slavery, Profits and the Struggle for the
Constitution by Lawrence Goldstone, From Jim
Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the
Struggle for Racial Equality by Michael Klarman,
and Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black
America, by Lee Daniels. Readings will be
companioned with screenings of the four-part PBS
series, Slavery The Making of America.

Books for the series must be reserved and
purchased in advance of the scheduled discussion.

For additional information, registration and
reservation of books, call 216.376.9695, or email us
Forty Million Slaves weaves a compelling narrative of black athletes in
the United States, from the plantation to their beginnings in nineteenth-
century boxing rings and at the first Kentucky Derby to the history-
making accomplishments of notable figures such as Jesse Owens, Althea
Gibson, and Willie Mays.
William Rhoden makes the cogent argument
that black athletes’ “evolution” has merely been a journey from literal
plantations—where sports were introduced as diversions to quell
revolutionary stirrings—to today’s figurative ones, in the form of
collegiate and professional sports programs. The author, New York  Times
sports columnist, Rhoden contends that black athletes’ exercise of true
power is as limited today as when masters forced their slaves to race and
fight. The primary difference is, today’s shackles are often of their own
Forty Million Dollar Slaves:
The Rise Fall and Redemption
of Black Athletes

October 26, 28
and November 2, 2010

Bradley D. Sellers
City of Warrensville Director of
Economic Development
Former NBA Player
October 28, Discussion Guide
Brainwashed: Challenging
The Myth of Black Inferiority

November 2, 4 and 9, 2010

Zachery R. Williams, PhD
University of Akron Assistant
Professor of History, Associate
Professor  Pan African Studies
November 9, Discussion
In this powerful examination of “the greatest propaganda campaign of all
time”—the masterful marketing of black inferiority, aka the BI Complex—
Tom Burrell poses ten disturbing questions that will make black people
look in the mirror and ask why, nearly 150 years after the Emancipation
Proclamation, so many blacks still think and act like slaves. Burrell’s
acute awareness of the power of words and images to shift, shape, and
change the collective consciousness has led him to connect the
contemporary and historical dots that have brought us to this crossroads.
Brainwashed  demands that we question our self-defeating attitudes and
behaviors. Racism is not the issue; how we respond to media distortions
and programmed self-hatred is the issue. It’s time to reverse the BI
campaign with a globally based initiative that harnesses the power of new
media and the wisdom of intergenerational coalitions.
Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits
and the Struggle for the

November 11, 16 and 18, 2010

Elizabeth Smith-Pryor, JD,
Kent State University
Associate Professor of History,
Department   Undergraduate
November 16, Discussion
In the nineteenth century, as the debate over slavery intensified, one wag
asserted that the institution was the "sleeping serpent" under the table at the
Constitutional Convention; that is, most delegates, while of course aware of
the institution, regarded it as of marginal importance in their deliberations.
Most scholars have supported that view.
Lawrence Goldstone convincingly
maintains that the issue of slavery was actually a fundamental and divisive
concern for the delegates.  It resounded through debates on the definition of
treason, the disposition of the rich lands west of the Alleghenies and the
admission of new states, representation and taxation, the need for a national
census, and the very make-up of the legislative and executive branches of the
new government.  As Goldstone provocatively makes clear in Dark Bargain, “to
a significant and disquieting degree, America’s most sacred document was
molded and shaped by the most notorious institution in its history.”
Unfinished Business: The
Struggle For Racial Equality

November 18, 23 & TBD, 2010

Jonathan L. Entin, JD
Case Western Reserve
School of Law, Professor of Law
and Political Science
November 23, Discussion
In Unfinished Business, Michael Klarman highlights social and
political factors that have influenced the path of racial progress - wars,
migrations, urbanization, shifting political coalitions - and he looks in
particular at the contributions of law and of court decisions to American
racial equality.  He argues that court decisions tend to reflect the racial
mores of the times, which is why the Supreme Court has not been a
heroic defender of the rights of races representing the minority segments
of America's population.  Even when the Court has promoted progressive
change, its decisions have often been un-enforced, in part because
severely oppressed groups rarely have the resources necessary to force
the issue.  Klarman also sheds light on the North/South dynamic and
how it has influenced racial progress, arguing that as southerners have
become more anxious about outside challenges to their system of white
supremacy, they have acted in ways that eventually undermined that
Last Chance: The Political
Threat to Black America

November 30, December 2 &
7, 2010

Charles F. Peterson, PhD
The College of Wooster
Associate Professor of Black
Studies, Department of
Africana Studies
December 7, Discussion
In the twentieth century, a broad consensus to fight racial discrimination
linked black Americans of all social classes, and gave birth to a movement that
paved the way for black political power. Now, however, Black America is facing
a moment of crisis. Despite the spectacular successes of some black
Americans many of the hopes of the Civil Rights Movement have not been
realized. Crime still disproportionately afflicts black neighborhoods, and more
black males are in prison than in college. The National Urban League and the
NAACP have become calcified and passé; and the GOP has effectively
abandoned any pretense of offering blacks a political home. The more things
change, the more things stay the same," observes former New York Times and
Washington Post reporter
Lee Daniels in this modern take on the ills of
inequality. He frames his argument around the candidacy of Barack Obama,
whose unlikely success in the quest for the presidency has resurrected a
long-dormant discussion about race in America.
The New Jim Crow: Mass
Incarceration in the Age of

December 7, 9 & 14, 2010

Pam Brooks, PhD
Oberlin College, Associate
Professor, Department of
African American Studies
December 9, Discussion
As the United States celebrates the nation’s “triumph over race” with the
election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major
American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for
life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an
astounding percentage of the African American community remains
trapped in a subordinate status—much like their grandparents before
them.  In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar
Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial
caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by
targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S.
criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial
control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness.
The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—
to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial
justice in America
Produced by Emmy Award-winning filmaker Dante
for PBS Thirteen/WNET New York, Slavery
and the Making of America
is a four-part series
documenting the history of American slavery from
its beginnings in the British colonies to its end in
the Southern states and the years of post-Civil
War Reconstruction. Drawing on a wealth of recent
scholarship, it looks at slavery as an integral part
of a developing nation, challenging the long held
notion that slavery was exclusively a Southern
enterprise. At the same time, by focusing on the
remarkable stories of individual slaves, it offers
new perspectives on the slave experience and
testifies to the active role that Africans and African
Americans took in surviving their bondage and
shaping their own lives.

The companion book of the same title is
co-authored by American Studies professors
Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton.
Renewing Inalienable Rights, Rebuilding Communal Confidence, Re-energizing Sustainable Economy, Reviving Unbridled Spirit
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