L-R: Jimmie Gardner and Masud Olufani
THE COLOR OF JUSTICE
Featuring Masud Olufani and Jimmie Gardner
Moderated by the Hon. Leslie Abrams Gardner, U.S. District Judge
April 20, 2019 | 6 pm | Haley Gallery
The Albany Museum of Art on April 30, 2019 hosted The Color of Justice, a panel discussion moderated by the Hon. Leslie Abrams Gardner, U.S. District Judge, that featured sculptor and multimedia artist Masud Olufani and inspirational speaker Jimmie C. Gardner.
With Olufani’s exhibition Memory and Meaning setting the stage, Gardner shared his story of perseverance through 27 years of wrongful incarceration. Together, Olufani and Gardner ignited a dialog regarding racial disparities within the United States judicial system.
The Telecommunications Center at Albany State University, directed by Connie Williams, recorded the free community event, which drew a large crowd to the Willson Auditorium at the AMA .
The ASU video of The Color of Justice can be seen on YouTube by clicking on the link on this page. You also can see the video HERE.
Olufani, whose work includes exploration of the African-American experience with the U.S. justice system, said before the event that there would be "some dialogue about my work as it relates to the title of the show. It’ll be about the resiliency of the human spirit as it transcends the challenges facing humanity. I imagine that will be part of the conversation.”
Olufani exhibition continues in the Haley Gallery through June 15, 2019.
Resources for continued exploration of The Color of Justice discussion
The Civil Rights Memorial Center
The Civil Rights Memorial is a memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, to 41 people who were killed in the struggle for the equal and integrated treatment of all people, regardless of race, during the 1954-1968 civil rights movement in the United States.
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
The New Jim Crow
The New Jim Crow is a book by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar. It is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.
Jimmie Gardner’s website
Albany Civil Rights Institute
The Albany Civil Rights Institute is a museum in Albany, Georgia that tells the story of the civil rights movement in southwest Georgia. ACRI is uniquely able to bring together community members, movement veterans, historians and visitors to discover and acknowledge the rich history of the southwest Georgia civil rights struggle.
Black Culture Connection
The PBS Black Culture Connection is your resource and guide to films, stories and voices across public television centered around Black history & culture.
Georgia Innocence Project
The Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) investigates criminal convictions where modern DNA testing was not available at the time of trial. If there is a compelling claim of innocence and DNA evidence still exists, GIP litigates to test that DNA and prove actual innocence.
Retro Report is a non-profit news organization, featuring Masud Olufani, that produces mini documentaries looking at today's news stories through the lens of history and context. The organization describes itself as a counterweight to the 24-hour news cycle.