Get Involved! You can host a screening of the 2012 Sundance Award winning and Emmy-nominated definitive film on the consequences of America’s failed drug war and the injustices of the current criminal justice system.
We invite you to participate in this event and ask you to commit to a brief discussion after the screening. We will provide some optional discussion questions and a study guide for those interested. There will be real time on-line questions with the producers and others.
Even though the film is being shown in theaters across the nation, there are no costs associated with this national day of education in honor of Dr. King. Participation in this national event requires registration. You will be given several options to freely access the film on the day of commemoration. You will only need to provide the venue, an internet connection, projection and screen.
On behalf of Charlotte Street Films and The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, I am so pleased to be able to invite your faith community to participate in a national event designed to uniquely honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On January 12, 2013, a film screening of the Emmy-nominated film, The House I Live In, will be made available, without cost, to all faith communities in the United States.
The producer of this film, Eugene Jarecki, along with his co-producers (Danny Glover, Brad Pitt, Russell Simmons and John Legend) want to support national awareness and understanding about the consequences of a failing criminal justice system and the war on drugs. In support of this film, they, along with other celebrities, will give voice and affirmation to Dr. King’s wisdom.
The film’s theme is so important because too many of America’s youth are getting caught up in a cycle of violence and hopelessness which result in life-long consequences for them, the communities in which they live and this nation. The film creatively and authoritatively speaks to the issues that divide and undermine the nation’s future, including many of the same issues Dr. King raised. The film helps all Americans of all ages, racial, ethnic and religious background, to think deeply about the role of faith in public policy, moral and personal accountability for America’s future.
This is a national event which will be simultaneously and freely distributed to faith communities around the nation. Mr. Jarecki and his co-producers and many supporters will be having live and on-line conversations with the audiences. There will be discussion questions and study materials for the participating faith communities.
Please feel free to let others know of this historic effort to reach the diverse faith communities of this nation.
Gratefully and on behalf of the host committee in formation,
Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Eugene Jarecki, Danny Glover, John Legend, Russell Simmons, Brad Pitt, Charlotte Street Films,
Susan L. Taylor, Editor Emeritus, Essence Magazine and National Cares Mentoring Movement
Michelle Alexander, Author and Legal Scholar
Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson, World Council of Churches
Father Michael Pfleger, Faith Community of St. Sabina
Rev. Robina Winbush, Churches Uniting in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Drew Smith, Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race
Rev. Bill Mefford GBOCS/United Methodist Church
Rev. Romal Tune, Faith for Change
Judith Roberts, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk, Center for African American Theological Studies
James DeWolf Perry and Katrina Browne, Tracing Center on History and Legacies of Slavery
Rev. Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Howard University
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