Since the 1963 March black male incarceration has become a growth industry. The crime rates trend downward, yet incarceration continues to rise. How can citizens be considered free when behind bars in unprecedented numbers? Shukree seeks answers from Becky Pettit, professor of sociology at the University of Washington, and then takes these questions to his own family.
Shukree meets with Gary Orfield, co-founder and director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. They explore how American classrooms have re-segregated along ethnic and, often, socio-economic lines. Shukree explores this backward momentum with a trip to St. Louis to examine a controversial Missouri Supreme Court decision.
The Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder shook the Voting Rights Act to the core. Shukree sits down with Edward Blum, whose firm provided counsel to plaintiffs in the Shelby County case, and Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to determine the reasons behind this turning point case and what it means for the future of voting in America.
The 1963 March was billed as a march for “Jobs and Freedom.” With the help of Algernon Austin from the Economic Policy Institute, and a trip to Detroit, MI, a city celebrating the 50th anniversary of its own civil rights march, Shukree examines the current state of jobs for African Americans in the US. #PBSMarch50 Visit pbs.org/march50 for more about the series.