“Raised in the System,” produced by Emmy-nominated actor, Michael K. Williams

Atlanta, GA – The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) is excited to host a screening and panel discussion of HBO’s VICE documentary, “Raised in the System,” produced by Emmy-nominated actor, Michael K. Williams (Omar Little from The Wire, Chalky White from Boardwalk Empire) on the campus of ITC on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 starting at 6:30 PM.

Williams will screen his one-hour documentary on the people impacted by the criminal justice system. “Raised in the System” takes viewers inside detention facilities, where Williams speaks directly with juveniles about their pathways into the system. Williams also talks with incarcerated adults about how their experiences as juveniles contributed to their adult incarceration. The film also explores alternative models of juvenile justice—in places like Toledo, Ohio, and Richmond, California—that offer rehabilitation instead of just incarceration.

The event will include a post-screening conversation moderated by Dana Rachlin, the founder and executive director of NYC Together, a social justice organization taking a unique approach to interrupting the school to prison pipeline in partnership with the NYPD. Conversation partners will include Williams, Williams’ nephew Dominic Dupont, one of the subjects featured in the documentary who received clemency from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo after over 21 years of incarceration for a crime he committed at the age of 17, Careshia Moore, President and CEO of Usher’s New Look (UNL) and Mawli Davis, founding partner of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm in Atlanta where he leads the firm’s Civil Rights Division.

During the post-screening conversation, attendees will get to engage in conversation around real strategies on the ground to address the juvenile justice system, mass incarceration and public policies that inequitably impact Black and Brown people.

“As we continue our efforts to produce prophetic leaders for the church, the community and the world, ITC looks forward to this conversation with Michael K. Williams as we address systemic oppression ,” stated ITC Provost, Dr. Maisha Handy. “Our youth need advocacy, and the ITC stands at the front line ready to develop life-changing strategies and outcomes that eradicate mass incarceration and the trauma it produces. We are excited that Williams will meet us in the Atlanta University Center, and at the ITC, the epicenter of Black theological and community engagement.”

This event is free and open to the public with parking on the campus – 700 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314 (Intersection of Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW and Sunset). Click here to register. For more information on the “Raised in the System” Screening and Panel Discussion event, contact Katrina Garnes at (404) 614-6394 or via email at kgarnes@ITC.edu.

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