Housing for those attending the 3 day sessions will be available on Montclair University's campus. This year's consortium will culminate with a closing reception and 10 year anniversary commemoration of the signing of the Amistad legislation at the Newark Museum, Newark; Wednesday evening; August 8th, 2012 at 5:30 pm
The reception is free of charge and open to the public!
During the 3 days sessions August 6-8, 2012, fifty (50) educators will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with knowledgeable historians and scholars, and take part in film screenings and talks related to our themes.
Completed applications should be submitted to the New Jersey Amistad Commission and should be postmarked no later than Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
About Filmmaker Sam Pollard Screening of "Slavery by Another Name" presented by The Gist of Freedom and The New Jersey Amistad Commission at Newark Museum, Newark, Wednesday Evening at 5:30 pm:
"This groundbreaking film illuminates black Americans' lingering suspicions of the criminal justice system. The false imprisonment of black men has its history in an ignominious economic system that depended on coerced labor and didn't flinch from savagery toward fellow human beings. Blackmon's exhaustive reportage should put an end to the oft-repeated slander that black Americans tend toward lawlessness."
- Cynthia Tucker, editorial page editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and 2007 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
As this Pulitzer Prize-winning author makes clear in Slavery by Another Name:
the Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War Two, the post-Civil War practice of forcing convicts to labor for white profit was more directly rooted in the infamous institution of slavery, more widespread a practice, and much more devastating to ordinary African-American lives, than we had yet grasped.
- Heather Ann Thompson
There is a panel discussion immediately following the screening with
Constitutional Law Professor, author, Gloria Browne-Marshall.
Panelist~Gloria J. Browne-Marshall received the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award for her work with civil rights and women's justice issues. Her forthcoming book is titled "Black Women: Salem Witch Trials to Civil Rights Activists - A Legal History."
Browne-Marshall is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) teaching Constitutional Law, Race and the Law, and Evidence. She is a member of John Jay College as well as a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
A free-lance journalist and an award-winning playwright, her plays include ,"My Juilliard," "Jeanine" ,"Waverly Place" and "Killing Me Softly." She is a member of the Dramatist Guild, Mystery Writers of America, National Association of Black Journalists, and PEN American Center.
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is the Founder/Director of The Law and Policy Group, Inc., a nonprofit organization. The Law and Policy Group, Inc. is a think tank for the community which produces the "Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls(R)," the only annual national report on the state of Black females in America.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATIONS:
For more info, please contact Stephanie James Wilson, M.A. Executive Director
Amistad Commission - NJ Department of Education at 609-826-5326 (phone) or email
The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution officially outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.
It was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, by the House on January 31, 1865, and adopted on December 6, 1865. On December 18, Secretary of State William H. Seward proclaimed it to have been adopted. It was the first of the three Reconstruction Amendments adopted after the American Civil War.