For this month's Readers' Review: "Drown" -- the debut collection of short stories by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz. Twenty years ago, Diaz published ten heart-breaking tales about a fragmented family from the Dominican Republic finding their way in 1980s America.
President Barack Obama met with civil rights leaders and law enforcement officials yesterday to talk about ways to build trust between the local police and residents in African American communities. That trust has been especially strained since last when a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri voted against indicting a police officer who had shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Many welcome the president’s focus on the issue, but hope that much more can be done to improve race relations, police procedures and economic opportunity in America’s disadvantaged neighborhoods. Please join us to talk about prospects for change.
- David Klinger associate professor, department of criminology and criminal justice,University of Missouri, St Louis
- Elizabeth Kneebone fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution
- Janai Nelson associate director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
- Devlin Barrett reporter, security and law enforcement, The Wall Street Journal.
- Paul Butler professor at Georgetown Law School.
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