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Community remembers dark event with soil rededication

Sunday afternoon was filled with remembrance as community citizens, activists and leaders came together to remember the life of Lloyd Warner, an African American teenager who was beaten and lynched in St. Joseph in 1933. Many came to the remembrance event at the St. Francis Baptist Temple in St. Joseph....
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'A Choice of Weapons' chronicles Gordon Parks's daring documentation of inequality

Over the weekend, I set aside some time to watch “A Choice of Weapons,” HBO’s new documentary focused on Gordon Parks, the revolutionary photographer, writer and filmmaker whose works have inspired creative documentarians for decades. Parks burst onto the photography scene with images like American Gothic, which depicted Ella Watson,...
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Finding the Courage for What's Redemptive

Nov 20, 2021-- "How to embrace what's right and corrective, redemptive and restorative -- and an insistence that each of us is more than the worst thing weve done -- these are gifts Bryan Stevenson offers with his life. He's brought the language of mercy and redemption into American culture in recent years, growing out of his work as a lawyer with the Equal Justice Initiative based in Montgomery, Alabama. Now the groundbreaking museum they created in Montgomery has dramatically expanded -- a new way of engaging the full and ongoing legacy of slavery in U.S. history. In this On Being interview, Krista Tippett draws out his spirit -- and his moral imagination." (733 reads)
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HBO Debuts Gordon Parks Documentary

John Maggio’s “A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks” spotlights an extraordinary life. Parks was a photographer, filmmaker, composer, author, eyewitness to several major events of the 20th century, and most importantly a great storyteller. The documentary, which debuted on HBO Monday, documents that, though not as completely as some would like.
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“Cultivate Justice” (Blue & Red) Available Thursday 11/18 @ 10 AM PST!

My work primarily revolves around concepts of and aspirations for justice. Whether it be environmental justice, racial justice, economic justice, gender equality, etc., the themes in my art often address injustices in a number of areas. Justice is a subjective, and in some ways, an abstract concept, but I think we all know in our conscience when something is wrong, unfair, immoral, or unjust. I witness convoluted logic every day from people attempting to defend (or ironically justify) injustice. These “Cultivate Justice” prints are a direct reminder to consciously nurture justice and minimize injustice. A portion of proceeds from this print will benefit the Equal Justice Initiative to support their important work.
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HBO's A Choice of Weapons: Inspired By Gordon Parks is an uninspired portrait of one of America’s greatest artistic trailblazers

"By any standard, Gordon Parks (1912-2006) led an extraordinary life as a photographer, filmmaker, composer, author, eyewitness to several major events of the 20th century, and above all a storyteller," says Tambay Obenson. "As a Black man born into poverty in an America not-so-far removed from slavery, as Jim Crow laws swept the south, his life is even more remarkable. In A Choice of Weapons: Inspired By Gordon Parks, the HBO documentary premiering November 15, director John Maggio attempts to capture the essence of Parks, by celebrating his motivating ideology of the artist as activist, through the reflections of the generation of artists he inspired. A welcomed effort, the film doesn’t fully commit, resulting in a rather uninspired portrait of one of America’s greatest artistic trailblazers. A Choice of Weapons blends Parks’ striking photographs (spanning more than 40 years) with footage of the artist in conversation, supported by reflections from a starry cast of interviewees, including filmmakers Ava DuVernay and Spike Lee; actor Richard Roundtree; photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier; retired basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; journalists Jelani Cobb and Anderson Cooper; Khalil Muhammad, historian and professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School; Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation; and others. Their contributions help contextualize Parks’ artivism, although they lean toward the perfunctory, and don’t offer the penetrating gaze into the mind of the celebrated artist as audiences may expect." ALSO: A Choice of Weapons is too focused on the activist and artistic pioneer but not enough about the person.
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Report On Racism In Jury Selection Explains White Juries In Arbery, Rittenhouse Trials

(Photos: Twitter)In two of the biggest cases now occurring in the country--the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial, in Georgia; and the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial in Wisconsin--both juries are virtually all-white despite race being a central component in both cases.The following Equal Justice Initiative organization report illustrates this historic bias that is often at work during jury selection and the tactics that are used to exclude Black Americans from juries.In the Ahmaud Arbery trial, Judge Timothy Walmsley, at the end of the jury selection process, stated the following: "This court has found that there appears to be intentional discrimination." But that virtually all-white jury will still be deciding the fate of the three white killers of Arbery.Today, Black people and other people of color are excluded from participating in our jury system at every step of the jury selection process:when the court system creates lists of potential jurors,when potential jurors are notified to come to court,when judges decide which potential jurors are qualified to serve, andwhen prosecutors use peremptory strikes to remove potential jurors.
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‘A Choice of Weapons’ Review: HBO’s Gordon Parks Documentary Only Works for New Fans

By any standard, Gordon Parks (1912-2006) led an extraordinary life as a photographer, filmmaker, composer, author, eyewitness to several major events of the 20th century, and above all a storyteller. As a Black man born into poverty in an America not-so-far removed from slavery, as Jim Crow laws swept the south, his life is even more remarkable. In “A Choice of Weapons: Inspired By Gordon Parks,” the HBO documentary premiering November 15, director John Maggio attempts to capture the essence of Parks, by celebrating his motivating ideology of the artist as activist, through the reflections of the generation of artists...
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"Just Mercy" author to participate in A&T virtual event

GREENSBORO — N.C. A&T is hosting a virtual presentation by author Bryan Stevenson on Wednesday. The free presentation, “Race, Poverty and the Criminal Justice System in America,” will take place at 5 p.m. and is open to the public. Students will have an opportunity afterward to ask questions. It's part...
GREENSBORO, NC
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Students invited to submit essays on racial justice

Vigo County School Corp. high school students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in a racial justice essay contest that concludes Dec. 10. The contest is being conducted by the Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with the Facing Injustice Project, an initiative of the Greater Terre Haute Branch of the NAACP.
VIGO COUNTY, IN
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Will Smith To Be Oprah’s Next Guest on “The Oprah Conversation,” Premiering Friday, November 5 on Apple TV+

Apple today announced that multifaceted award-winning actor, rapper and producer Will Smith will be Oprah Winfrey’s next guest on “The Oprah Conversation,” premiering Friday, November 5 on Apple TV+. Oprah and Smith will discuss his revealing memoir, deepest insecurities, biggest life lessons, and navigating a public marriage. Grammy Award and...
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Legacy Museum offers opportunity for Alabamians to reckon with racist past

Ocean waves crash and wood boards creak as a staggering number appears on screen: approximately 12 million Black men, women and children were kidnapped from Africa and brought across the Atlantic Ocean to be enslaved in the Americas. Nearly 2 million people didn’t survive the journey. This video presentation sets...
ALABAMA STATE
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Expanded Legacy Museum aims to confront racial history, promote equality

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In an era where the nation struggles with racial justice, the newly expanded Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, seeks equality for all Americans. Through first-person narratives, films, 3-D images and other forms of storytelling, the Legacy Museum’s “From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration” provides an in-depth look into the legacy of slavery, starting from the Transatlantic Slave Trade up through its impact to current day issues Black Americans face.
MONTGOMERY, AL
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