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Director to screen documentary on race in America at Loyola

June 1, 2012

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center in the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law presents a screening and discussion of the documentary, “The Presumption of Guilt,” on Sunday, June 10 at 6 p.m. in the College of Law, Room 308. It is free, open to the public and co-sponsored by Citizens United for Economic Equity and the Irvin Mayfield Foundation.

“The Presumption of Guilt” examines the complex issue of race, class and crime in American society. Directed by Hafiz Farid, the documentary is based on the best-selling book, “The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America,” by Harvard professor Charles J. Ogletree, J.D. “The Presumption of Guilt” features Maya Angelou, Alan Dershowitz, Anita Hill, anti-racist activist Tim Wise, public relations professional and author Terrie Williams and civil rights advocate and writer Michelle Alexander, among others.

Following the film, there will be a discussion with Farid and Ogletree. Ogletree is the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard University and director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. In the film, Ogletree uses his book as a lens to examine the challenges faced today on the long journey towards racial and legal equality.

For more information, contact Barbara Wilson at bjwilso1@loyno.edu.

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