The University of South Carolina’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is celebrating MLK Weekend with a screening of the Rikers: An American Jail documentary.
This year’s event is marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. After the film screening, a discussion will follow with a panel of experts.
This MLK Weekend event is billed for 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 18 in the Honorable Karen J. Williams Courtroom. This is the new School of Law building of the University of South Carolina.
Entrance is free and open to every member of the general public. Click here for info on the documentary.
Screening of Documentary Film ‘Rikers: An American Jail’
BLSA has been holding an annual celebration event to honor the works and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. for over 20 years. This year’s event will feature the screening of the documentary film Rikers: An American Jail.
After the film screening, a panel of experts will be on hand to discuss the message of the film and the legacy of civil rights leader and activist Martin Luther King. Its main topic is mass incarceration.
Rikers: An American Jail was produced by Bill Moyers. It explores the society effects of mass incarceration in the United States. The scheduled event is put together by BLSA President Lashawnda Woods-Roberts and the MLK Weekend steering committee.
“This year, we will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through film and discourse to address the injustices surrounding mass incarceration in America.
Community Advocates & Scholars Will Participate in Film Screening Panel
Some of the panelists who will be discussing the Rikers documentary film in the light of MLK’s legacy are:
- Benny Custodio, a former Rikers prison inmate
- S. Leevy Johnson, former South Carolina representative and current criminal defense attorney
- Henrie Monteith Treadwell, Carolina alumna and internationally recognized public health expert
- Jerry Blasingame, former South Carolina prison inmate and current executive director of Soteria Community Development Corporation
- Seth Stoughton, university law professor and policing scholar
- Aaron Greene, Black Law Students Association social action chair
WIS-TV news anchor Judi Gatson is billed to moderate the community forum after the screening of the documentary Rikers: An American Jail. Law professor Derek Black is presenting remarks to extract the message of the film in the face of mass incarceration in America.
Video: RIKERS An American Jail: Mr.Five Mualimm-ak/Bill Moyers
Check out the video below. It’s just one version of the story behind Rikers Island. According to YouTube:
Five Mualimm-ak – Marc levine – Marc Benjamin- Bill Moyers presents: Rikers An American Jail: The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. To understand the human toll of this crisis, Riker’s Island is a good place to start.
According to Woods-Roberts, the program will equip attendees with the knowledge of how mass incarceration is taking a toll on the progress of the United States. It will also teach on how to address injustices that are not already covered under the American criminal justice system.
To drive home the motivation for the MLK Weekend event, Woods-Roberts cited a direct quote from Martin Luther King Jr.:
“Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerous structured dams that block the flow of social progress.”