13th Movie and Discussion, by Fayetteville NOW President Sharon Johnson
Fayetteville NOW, continuing its efforts to improve race relations through constructive dialogue, sponsored a showing of the documentary, 13th, on Monday, June 19, 2017. Outstanding turnout at an event with many co-sponsors.
This documentary examines the disproportionate number of African-Americans incarcerated in the U.S. The film included interviews with prominent civil-rights activists and politicians, and examines the nation’s legacy of racism via such events as the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the passage of Jim Crow laws in the South.
This documentary was directed and co-written by Ava DuVernay (Selma), and it features Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, and Senator Cory Booker.
Following the viewing, Dr. Dorrance Kennedy (Ed.D, LCSW, and Professor at Fayetteville State University) facilitated a healthy discussion.
Dr. Kennedy provided information that could bring about solutions to the problem of mass incarceration (i.e. LEAD Program, mental health response teams, civilian review boards, body cameras, utilization of drug treatment, probation, monitoring and community service, etc.).
Co-sponsors: Quaker House, Cumberland County Library, NAACP-NC, Fayetteville Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta, and Cumberland County Progressives