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Fighting for social justice through spoken word

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Bryonn Bain may have a law degree from Harvard, but instead of fighting mass incarceration and racial profiling through lawsuits, he’s doing it through art.

Bain has turned his experience of being arrested and detained for a crime he did not commit into a career as an artist and activist. In addition to his book, The Ugly Side of Beautiful: Rethinking Race and Prisons in America, Bain’s grassroots organization, Blackout Arts Collective, works to raise awareness about prison issues and to nurture artists of color.

Bain stopped by Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday to perform from his one-man show “Lyrics from Lockdown.”

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Fighting for social justice through spoken word

Updated