When unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014 in a St. Louis suburb, long-simmering African-American rage boiled over. Debuting feature directors Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’ documentary is an on-the-ground snapshot of the anger and activism that ensued in Ferguson itself. “Whose Streets?” is not a movie intended for those seeking an explanatory recap, let alone “balanced” analysis, of the original case itself. What it does offer, however, is a pulse-taking of one community’s response — variably constructive, occasionally chaotic — to perceived institutionalized abuse by law enforcement. (Harvey, Variety)
Ferguson is just one of many cities in our country where citizens are gathering in public spaces, to express fear, grief, frustration, and anger with the institutions that fail to protect and support them. For a local perspective, Sun-Ray Cinema hosts a panel discussion with insight from community activists, leaders, thinkers, and law enforcement professionals.
Diallo Sekou — Mr. Sekou puts the “active” in activist. He has organized human rights and political groups, founded a media production firm, piloted inspiring activities targeting at risk youth, written books, been awarded an Honorary Doctoral of Divinity while studying Semitic languages, led the Jax 19, and serves on many boards. He can always be found on the frontline of local and national discussions and events.
Jim Manfre — While serving as Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre brought a new level of professionalism and excellence to the government agency. Sheriff Manfre spent four years as an investigator and trial assistant for Bronx and King Counties and then a tenure as assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, New York. Sheriff Manfre’s has an extensive community service background.
Tru Leverette — Dr. Leverette is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of African-American/African Diaspora Studies at University of North Florida’s (UNF) College of Arts and Sciences. She has authored a number of articles and essays, including “On Being Brown,” which was published in “Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out.” Dr. Leverette is currently working on an edited collection titled “Against the Grain: Iconoclasts of the Black Arts Movement”, which is under review at the University of Georgia Press. (courtesy Patrick Fisher)
Shelton Hull (moderator) — Shelton Hull is a journalist published in 40 different magazines, newspapers, websites and zines, in addition to occasional forays into radio, TV and spoken-word. He was also a candidate for City Council District 14 in Jacksonville, FL (2011),