Injustice Remembered allowed Wiregrass residents to contemplate and discuss the long-term impact of the forced-labor practices on Alabama’s educational, economic and social systems. Attendees discussed issues of race, poverty, and community-building as citizens join together for the purpose of making our community a place in which everyone can thrive. The event was held Aug. 27 at Troy University Dothan’s Sony Hall.
Attendees watched Slavery By Another Name, a documentary film based on Douglas Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize winning book. Blackmon tells the gripping story of Alabama citizens who became forced laborers, victims of human trafficking and corruption from the last decades of the nineteenth century through World War II. His book became the basis for a documentary underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts. The documentary is viewable free-of-charge at http://www.slaverybyanothername.com/pbs-film/.
Following the film viewing, attendees participated in a panel discussion. Chris McCauley of the Dave Matthews Center for Civic Life facilitated the panel. Presenters included Robert Lupton, author of Toxic Charity; Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller of the University of Southern Mississippi; Dr. Wayne Flynt, professor emeritus from Auburn University and Tonya Groomes, descendant of the main character of Blackmon’s book.
The event was sponsored by Alabama Humanities Foundation, Evergreen Center for Dialogue and Discernment, Troy University Dothan Campus, Alfred Saliba Memorial Fund, Evergreen Presbyterian USA and the Friends of the Dothan-Houston County Library System.
Injustice Remembered was a success because it allowed attendees to reflect on events in our past that often lead to mistrust and misconceptions; and use them as a springboard toward deeper understanding.
See below for photos from the event.
For more information, contact Lavonda Gosselin with the Evergreen Center for Dialogue and Discernment at firstname.lastname@example.org.