Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Reads

The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Launched in 2003 by the University of Michigan Life Sciences, Values and Society Program, the Reads project was based on a civic reads program designed by the Seattle Public Library.

A2YR has adopted the “Understanding Race” theme for 2013.  The 2013 book selection is:


Michelle Alexander,
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
New York: New Press, 2010, 2012.




Click here to see the Access Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2013 video.

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 7:00–9:00 PM
11th Annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event

Keynote Speaker: Connie Rice
Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College

The 11th Annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads keynote speaker will be one of America’s most influential civil rights attorneys, Connie Rice, Co-Director for the Advancement Project in Los Angeles, known for her unconventional approaches to tackling problems of inequity and exclusion.

Rice has received more than 50 major awards for her leadership of diverse coalitions, and her nontraditional approaches to litigating major cases involving police misconduct, employment discrimination and fair public resource allocation.

Arrive early to visit with local organizations (doors open at 6:00 PM).

Copies of The New Jim Crow as well as Connie Rice’s book Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones will be for sale and the event will include a book signing.

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