The Black Student Union, Beta Upsilon Chapter, and Samuel C. Williams Library for Black History Month bring you a screening of Ava DuVernay's (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) 13th.
"The title of Ava DuVernay's and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States." The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis" (Rotten Tomatoes).
We'll also be collecting books, especially paperback dictionaries (Spanish, English) or thesauruses, for Books Through Bars, a non-profit that distributes books to prison inmates.