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The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research presents its annual lecture series at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown this evening, beginning at 5 pm.

Henry Louis Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. will moderate Locked Up, Locked Out: Black Men in America tonight at the Old Whaling Church. Photo by Lynn Christoffers

For the past several years, the event has gathered distinguished intellectuals in an array of fields to discuss a topic chosen for its applicability to current events and the African American community. Last year’s topic, Achieving Equality in the Age of Obama, gathered an insightful array of perspectives on race and equality (and lack thereof) in the 21st century.

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This year’s focus, Locked Out, Locked Up: Black Men in America, while perhaps more specialized, is equally as pervasive. For the hour and a half discussion, panelists will offer their perspectives on the epidemic of imprisoned black men in the United States.

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