Dice Raw and BMe Present M.I.A. (Mass Incarceration Awareness) Day

By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
August 28, 2013

What is the function of prison if not to show some positive outcome, and what is the conversation that should be had when its population so overwhelming skews in one direction? According to a statistic cited by Black Male Engagement (BMe), nearly 75% of the prison population in the U.S. is black and male. The network and The Roots affiliate Dice Raw decided to declare August 29 “M.I.A. (Mass Incarceration Awareness) Day” to discuss black males who have come out of the prison system to make a difference in their communities.

Michelle Alexander authored a book titled The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness to stress the disproportionate entanglement of black males with prisons in the U.S. “More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began.” His findings inspired Mass Incarceration Awareness Day, which unrolls from Philadelphia City Hall on Thursday.

AllHipHop lists the founders of Poetree N Motion, The Atonement Project, Frontline Dads, and numerous other social activists and artists who will assemble at M.I.A. to “begin the conversation around existing solutions.”

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