Judge Alsup has been in the news, having presided over some high-profile cases, including the case preserving DACA, cases preserving Berkeley’s historic post office, cases involving Berkeley’s homeless, the dispute over the Albany Hill Cross, Waymo v. Uber, Oracle v. Google, and the prosecution of the MS-13 gang. As a judge, he cannot discuss these or other cases, but they help show his depth of experience.
Please join California Institute for Community, Art & Nature for a reception and conversation with William Alsup about his new book, Won Over: Reflections of a Federal Judge on His Journey from Jim Crow Mississippi. Bill is one of the most principled, interesting, and thoughtful people I’ve ever met. I’m sponsoring this evening to honor our friendship and to give my friends a chance to participate in what I guarantee will be a lively and inspiring discussion.
WILLIAM ALSUP, a federal district judge in San Francisco, was born in 1945 in Jackson, Mississippi. He attended white-only public schools and spent his childhood in a world where segregation was embedded in every aspect of society. In Won Over, Alsup gives a trustworthy, literate, personal, and nuanced account of the Deep South during the Jim Crow era and the changes brought about by the Civil Rights Movement. As both a witness and a participant, Alsup describes the impact of this era with honesty, modesty and integrity in a way that makes us realize how and why he (and others) were won over to the right side of history.
It’s a pleasure to hear Bill talk, and we hope to engage him and other guests in conversations about racism and how people escape the narrowness of their upbringing to develop a more capacious view of the world. Brown v. the Board of Education is now 65 years of age in the past. The history of the Jim Crow era that preceded it and the changes that the Civil Rights Movement created will soon be gone from living memory. This evening presents us with a unique opportunity to hear from a reliable witness what this era was like and what it means today.
Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. They can also be found in store at University Press Books or online at www.universitypressbooks.com/book/9781588383426. Bill will be pleased to sign and inscribe your copy. RSVP to email@example.com. If you have any questions, email us or leave a message for Skye at 805-458-6686.