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

WHEN: January 16, 2016 2 PM - 5 PM

WHERE: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201

COST: Free

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.
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.

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

Earlier Event: January 16
Family Activity Series Workshop
Later Event: January 17
January Detroit SOUP