The Liberator: Susan Burton on the War on Drugs, Black Motherhood and FreedomKirsten West Savali2/28/17 11:00amFiled to: Susan BurtonA New Way of LifeDrug Policy Alliancewar on drugscultureMichelle AlexanderThe New Jim Crowdrug policycriminal justice reformblack women and incarcerationincarcerated women2210EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkCourtesy of Susan BurtonEditor’s note: Drug policy is race policy. To honor drug-policy reformers on the front lines, for Black History Month, the Drug Policy Alliance, in partnership with The Root, is bringing you the stories of four phenomenal people who have been instrumental in shaping conversations around drug policy and its lethal effects on black communities around the country. To launch the series, we spoke with Wanda James, CEO of the Denver-based cannabis dispensary SimplyPure. Next, we spoke with Columbia University professor Samuel K. Roberts Jr. about the history of the drug war and how it violently pierces black history in the United States. Here, we bring you the story of Susan Burton, founder and executive director of A New Way of Life Reentry Project.ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.