Thursday May 20 at 7 PM

Do you want to understand and take action on the social, economic and political issues we face today? If so, please join the Durham Public Library and the Middlefield-Durham Racial Justice Team for a discussion of the film 13th. This discussion will be facilitated by the Middlefield-Durham Racial Justice Team.

13this a 2016 American documentary film directed by Ana DuVernay that explores the intersection of race, justice and the mass incarceration in the United States. The 13 refers to the 13th amendment that abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime. The film begins with the alarming statistic that 1 in 4 African American males will serve time in prison at some point in their lives. It leads the viewer through an historical timeline from the suppression of African Americans by lynchings and Jim Crow laws to the “war on drugs”  that criminalized being poor and black to the continued mass incarceration of people of color. The film raises questions of how to change the lucrative private prison-industrial complex and the audacious trajectory of this historical political path.

This film is available on Netflix and for free on Netflix’s YouTube channel. Click here to watch.

Discussion will take place via Zoom. This program is open to all and registration is required. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to registered participants no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Click here to register.