About The Advisory Team


Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow emerged from conversations with Daniel Hunter, Daryl Atkison, Chris Moore-Backman, Michelle Alexander, and the late Dr. Vincent Harding. It was inspired by the The New Jim Crow Study Guide and Call to Action (Veterans of Hope 2013), which grew out of conversations among Chris Moore-Backman, Vincent Harding, and Michelle Alexander over the course of 2012.

Chris Moore-Backman is director of the Chico Peace & Justice Center and founder of The Wheel of Integral Nonviolence. Chris produced the radio documentary series Bringing Down the New Jim Crow, which explores and gives voice to the continuing struggle for racial justice during our current era of mass incarceration.


Daryl Atkinson is a staff attorney at Southern Coalition for Social Justice focusing on criminal justice reform issues. Daryl has been active in prisoner reentry and legal service communities. He is a founding member of the North Carolina Second Chance Alliance and served on a Governor's Task Force to Stop Repeat Offenders. Notably, Daryl and the Durham Second Chance Alliance led the first successful Ban the Box campaign in North Carolina, convincing Durham to remove questions about criminal convictions from city employment applications.


(in memoriam) Dr. Vincent Harding (1931-2014) is a native of New York City and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. From 1961 to 1964, he worked in various capacities as a full-time teacher, activist, and negotiator in the southern Freedom Movement. He was friends and co-workers with Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other movement leaders and participants. In 1968, he helped Coretta Scott King develop the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Atlanta and became the first chairperson of the Institute of the Black World.