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BREAK THE SYSTEM: From Jim Crow to Mass Incarceration
January 12 @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
In this interactive online experience, teens will meet with activists from Alabama, Arkansas, and New York to hear personal journeys touching on Jim Crow, poverty, mass incarceration, and the criminal justice system. Join us to hear first-hand accounts from those personally impacted by these issues, engage in dialogue, and participate in an interactive project. Special guests include Michelle and Curtis Browder, Kuntrell Jackson, and Hannah Grossman from Repair the World.
There is no fee for this program, but registration is required.
Questions? Contact Abbe Marcus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register at https://admissions.jtsa.edu/register/breakthesystem.
Curtis Browder grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and as a child played with the girls who were killed in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. He vowed to kill the people responsible and fled the south, hoping never to return. Almost a decade later in 1975, Curtis had a change of heart when then Gov. George Wallace called on him to serve as the state’s first black prison chaplain, an experience that has changed his life.
His daughter, Michelle Browder, believes art can change worldviews. She founded the nonprofit “I Am More Than” where she uses her artist talents to create restorative justice programs in juvenile detention centers, failing school systems, and afterschool programs for underserved youth. She recently drew national press attention after designing and painting a Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Montgomery, near the site of the city’s historical slave market.
Together Curtis and Michelle will tell their incredible stories, answer our questions, and inspire us to make a difference in the world.