Diversity film '13th'
"How did we get from abolishing slavery with the 13th Amendment, to imprisoning way more people than any other country in the world?" asks Ava DuVernay. "13th" is her riveting response. The film explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in America. It's titled after the US Constitution's 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, "except as punishment for a crime." The film shows how that exception portended a series of laws and actions that have perpetuated slavery's devastating effects to the present day. DuVernay makes the case that the justice system has been driven by racism from the days of slavery to today's era of mass incarceration. Our guest speaker, Melina Abdullah, is featured in 13th. She is a Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. The evening's program has been organized to combine viewing the film with facilitated community conversation and teacher professional development. All are welcome. The program is: Film screening and discussion on Friday, April 26: 6:00 - 6:30 PM free reception, open to the public followed by 6:30 - 9 PM screening and discussion Where: Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, 325 Highland Ave. (near Oakland Ave.) in Piedmont (street parking available) The screening is also the first part of a two-day BAWP Professional Development Program for Teachers, aimed at helping the participants find approaches to steering these delicate conversations in meaningful and powerful ways. The Program continues with teacher professional development workshops at UC Berkeley the following morning, April 22nd from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. The registration fee for the workshops is $30; they will be led by Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultants. Registration is now available online at https://bayareawritingproject.org/bawp13th/ The Bay Area Writing Project is a non-profit organization affiliated with UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education.\r\n\r\nPresented by Appreciating Diversity Film Series