RAHWAY, New Jersey – February 3, 2017 – In observation of Black History Month, The Rahway Public Library is presenting a two-part book discussion examining racial and ethnic disparity in the American criminal justice system as seen through the lens of two award-winning works of nonfiction: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Discussion One) and The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (Discussion Two). Copies of the books will be available to Rahway Library cardholders. The event is free and open to the public regardless of whether one has read the books.

“Libraries have always served as gathering places and great books are the perfect catalysts for respectful and informed discourse”, says Library Director, Gail Miller. Keeping the discussion on track will be the duty of two moderators with deep ties to the community - Educator and Library Trustee, Terry Benjamin and President of the Rahway Chapter of the NAACP, Ronald McCray.

Discussion one is scheduled for Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. and discussion two will be held on Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m. Both events will be held in the library auditorium and will begin with coffee and light refreshments. Those wishing to borrow a book or who are in need of additional information should contact the Reference Desk at 732-340-1551, ext. 212.

The Rahway Public Library is located at 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ 07065, 732-340-1551, www.rahwaylibrary.org.