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We are at capacity for the Author Talk with Prof. Kris Henning, but we will be hosting a Facebook event during the Author Talk so that more people can attend, albeit virtually. Please join us!

JusticeAid is honored to host Professor Henning discussing her new book, The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth, in conversation with Professor Angela J. Davis on Tuesday, October 19th, 5 PM, in Washington, DC. This event is directly aligned with JusticeAid’s focus this year on police accountability and community empowerment.

If you previously registered to attend in person, books, food, and beverages will be available for purchase. Enjoy the conversation, and then meet us around the corner at the Lincoln Theatre for the JusticeAid Fall Concert featuring the incomparable Mavis Staples! Social distancing, proof of vaccination, and masking will be required consistent with DC policy.

“We’ve long needed a great book on race and the juvenile legal system. Thanks to Kris Henning, we have it. Deeply researched and passionately argued, The Rage of Innocence details how we criminalize Black children—and explains how we can stop.”

James Forman, Jr. , J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale Law School, and Pulitzer-prize winning author of Locking Up Our Own

“A powerful argument that the legal and social oppression of Black Americans begins at birth.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Copiously documented and passionately argued, The Rage of Innocence is a powerful and persuasive call for change.”

Publisher's Weekly

Kris Henning has been representing children accused of crime in Washington, DC for more than twenty-five years and is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant on the intersection of race, adolescence, and policing. She now serves as the Blume Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at Georgetown Law and was previously the Lead Attorney of the Juvenile Unit at the D.C. Public Defender Service. Henning is the recipient of many awards, including the 2021 Leadership Prize from the Juvenile Law Center and the 2013 Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense by the National Juvenile Defender Center. She has written numerous law review articles and other publications advocating for reform in the juvenile legal system.

Angela J. Davis, Distinguished Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, is an expert in criminal law and procedure with a specific focus on prosecutorial power and racism in the criminal justice system. Professor Davis previously served as director of the D.C. Public Defender Service, where she began as a staff attorney representing indigent juveniles and adults. She is the recipient of many awards, including the GWAC National Bar Association Charlotte E. Ray Award (2021), the DC Bar Thurgood Marshall Award (2018),  and the American University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award (2015).  Professor Davis is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor (Oxford University Press, 2007) and editor of Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment (Pantheon, 2017) among other publications.

The JusticeAid Fall Concert with Mavis Staples and special guest Amy Helm is coming up on October 19th. There’s a ticket price for everyone, starting at $35. Plan a night out and have some fun while contributing to a worthwhile justice cause. 100% of ticket sales and sponsorships will directly benefit JusticeAid grantee partner, NDS PACE. See Event Page

Thank you to WilmerHale, Exclusive Sponsor for JusticeAid’s Author Talk with Kris Henning.

JusticeAid, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity, leverages the community-building power of art and music to transform awareness into action in the fight against injusticeEach year we identify and raise funds for justice causes by hosting music, arts, and educational events. Since 2013 JusticeAid has granted over 1.3 million dollars to nonprofits that are ending mass incarceration, addressing the criminalization of poverty and inhumane immigration policies, and protecting civil rights for all. 

In 2021, JusticeAid’s focus is police accountability and community empowerment. Through October 2021, 100 percent of your donation will support the expansion of NDS PACE, the Police Accountability/Community Empowerment program of Neighborhood Defender Service.