Kristin Henning with Justin Hansford - Rage of Innocence

Monday, October 4, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcome nationally recognized trainer and consultant on the intersection of race, adolescence, and policing
Kristin Henning,
who will discuss her new book 
The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on October 4th.
Henning will be in conversation with law professor at Howard Law and executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center,
Justin Hansford.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
About The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth
A brilliant analysis of the foundations of racist policing in America: the day-to-day brutalities, largely hidden from public view, endured by Black youth growing up under constant police surveillance and the persistent threat of physical and psychological abuse
Drawing upon twenty-five years of experience rep­resenting Black youth in Washington, D.C.'s juve­nile courts, Kristin Henning confronts America's irrational, manufactured fears of these young peo­ple and makes a powerfully compelling case that the crisis in racist American policing begins with its relationship to Black children.
Henning explains how discriminatory and aggressive policing has socialized a generation of Black teenagers to fear, resent, and resist the police, and she details the long-term consequences of rac­ism that they experience at the hands of the police and their vigilante surrogates. She makes clear that unlike White youth, who are afforded the freedom to test boundaries, experiment with sex and drugs, and figure out who they are and who they want to be, Black youth are seen as a threat to White Amer­ica and are denied healthy adolescent development. She examines the criminalization of Black adoles­cent play and sexuality, and of Black fashion, hair, and music. She limns the effects of police presence in schools and the depth of police-induced trauma in Black adolescents.
Especially in the wake of the recent unprece­dented, worldwide outrage at racial injustice and inequality, The Rage of Innocence is an essential book for our moment.
"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
"Henning's vividly told stories, meticulous research, and trenchant analysis teach us just how widespread the pernicious mistreatment of children of color in contemporary America is--not just on the streets, but in our schools, courts, and social institutions. The Rage of Innocence is much, much more than a compelling and timely indictment of our justice system. It is a deeply disturbing look at what it means to grow up as a Black child in a society that fears, vilifies, and demonizes young people simply because of the color of their skin."
--Laurence Steinberg, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Temple University, and former director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice.
"A vivid and enraging account of how Black children don't get to be children in the eyes of police, politicians, and sometimes their own teachers. Henning, a star defense attorney and law professor, tells stories--in and out of school--of how the new Jim Crow targets Black boys and girls and tears apart families. Lucid analysis from a brilliant scholar at the top of her game, The Rage of Innocence blesses readers with common sense solutions that provide hope that we can do better for our children and our democracy."
--Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law, Georgetown University, and author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men


About our Speakers

Kristin Henning is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant on the intersection of race, adolescence, and policing. She is the Blume Professor of Law and director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at the Georgetown University Law Center; from 1998 to 2001 she was the lead attorney of the Juvenile Unit at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Awards she has received include the 2021 Leadership Prize from the Juvenile Law Center and the 2013 Robert E. Shepherd, Jr. Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense from the National Juvenile Defender Center.

Justin Hansford is a Professor of Law at Howard University also Founder and Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. Professor Hansford was previously a Democracy Project Fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and an Associate Professor of Law at Saint Louis University. He has a B.A. from Howard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He was a founder of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives.

Professor Hansford has received a Fulbright Scholar award to study the legal career of Nelson Mandela and served as a clerk for Judge Damon J. Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is a leading scholar and activist in critical race theory, human rights, and law and social movements. He is the co-author of the forthcoming Seventh Edition of Race, Racism, and American Law.

In the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Professor Hansford worked to empower the Ferguson community through community-based legal advocacy. He co-authored the Ferguson to Geneva human rights shadow report and accompanied the Ferguson protesters and Mike Brown’s family to Geneva, Switzerland, to testify at the United Nations.

Professor Hansford has served as a policy advisor for proposed post-Ferguson reforms. At the local, state, and federal level, he testified before the Ferguson Commission, the Missouri Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.


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Monday, October 4, 2021 - 7:00pm
Virtual Event
The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524748906
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Pantheon - September 28th, 2021