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Diversity Office to Screen Award-Winning “13th” Documentary on Feb. 13

Clark College will be screening Ava DuVernay’s award-winning Netflix documentary “13th” on Feb. 13, followed by a discussion about the film’s themes.

“The Bureau of Justice reported that one in three young black males is expected to go to jail or prison during his lifetime,” activist and New York University Professor Bryan Stevenson says in “13th.” (Courtesy/Netflix)

“13th” provides an in-depth look at racial inequality within the United States prison system by examining a provision in the 13th amendment, which allows slavery and involuntary servitude as a punishment for convicted criminals. Throughout the film, DuVernay asserts that this loophole justifies forced labor for convicts, as well as perpetuates the domination and criminalization of African Americans in the United States during the U.S. prison boom.

“Please come with your hearts and minds open to listen, learn and encourage respectful conversation on the themes of the movie,” an online notice about the event reads.

The Office of Diversity and Equity is organizing the screening, along with the Black Employees Resource group. The screening and conversation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Penguin Union Building 258.

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