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Liberation Film Series presents Police Terrorism: From Black Codes to 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 2 - 5 PM


The 2015 - 2016 season of the Liberation Film Series continues with Police Terrorism: From Black Codes to 2016, featuring Dr. Akinyele Omowale Umoja, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of African American Studies, Georgia State University. Also featured will be a book signing for "We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi" and screening regarding the police extrajudicial killing of Black people.

The Liberation Film Series is FREE and open to the public.

During the last moments of his life, the revolutionary General Gordon Baker, Jr. (September 6, 1941 – May 17, 2014) stated, “In the continuum of history, I have always said no one person is that important. But, when one of our great warriors fell, we must close ranks and advance the struggle!” The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s nationally acclaimed Liberation Film Series (LFS) opens its fourth season with the powerful theme: Advance the Struggle!

In a Data Driven Detroit report, funded by the Skillman Foundation, entitled, “The State of the Detroit Child: 2010,” the following conclusive statements were cited: “The data reveal nothing less than a depression in the city [of Detroit].”  “Half of Detroit’s children live in poverty, and a quarter to half of its workforce is unemployed.” “Detroit ranked 37th out of 54 metros for the highest per capita personal income.” “During the 2009-2010 school year, 88 percent of Detroit public school students were African American. Hispanic students made up 8.2 percent and white students were 2.5 percent.” “Many parents have decided their children’s best education opportunities are outside Detroit.” “Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called the DPS drop-out rate ‘devastating’ and told the Detroit Free Press in November 2010 that DPS is ‘arguably the worst urban school district in the country’.” The Detroit News, July 16, 2015, reported, “The number of black children living in poverty in the U.S. has surpassed the number of poor white children for the first time since U.S. Census has tracked such numbers in 1974, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.” May 15. 2015, The Detroit News reported, “20,000 to 25,000 residential accounts currently in shut-off status.” Emergency Management Laws violate African American voting rights. The Voting Rights Act is being unraveled during the Obama presidency via Shelby County v. Holder. Our struggle for human rights and social justice continues.

We must create alternate venues to educate our youth and the community at-large. Inter-generational knowledge transfer must be accelerated. The LFS 2015-2016 has a powerful line-up of scholar-activists, community-activists, students, films and conversation topics that promote literacy, independent thought, critical analysis and informed activism. Charles Ezra Ferrell, the LFS founder and Director of Public Programs can be reached at [email protected] or (313) 494-5835.

The Liberation Film Series is supported by Black/African Studies Departments, organizations, institutions, and scholar and community activists including: Carl R. Edwards, Esq., Alice Jennings, Esq., Jeffrey L. Edison, Esq., Dr. Errol Henderson (Pennsylvania State University),  Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Purdue University, Wayne County Community College District, Oakland University, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, National Council of Black Studies,  Michigan State University, University of Michigan - Dearborn, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, The Walter P. Reuther Library – Wayne State University,  Wayne State University Press, Bentley Historical Library - University of Michigan, ASALH-Detroit, National Lawyers Guild, John Bolden, Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, League of Revolutionaries for a  New America, Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, community activists, and individual contributors.

All films and discussions are free and open to the public, and take place in the Museum's General Motors Theater.