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HUB Film Series: Ava DuVernay’s 13th

June 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free admission, registration is required.

Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th explores the history of race and criminal justice in the United States, tracing the relationship between the amendment that ended slavery and mass incarceration in modern America. A 2016 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, and winner of the 2016 BAFTA, Peabody, and Critics’ Choice awards for Best Documentary.

James Stowe is the Director of Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights, where he works toward eliminating racism and discrimination; identifying and resolving community tensions; and educating county citizens about cultural diversity. 

Eddie Ellis is a community activist and motivational speaker.  An Olney resident, Eddie uses his lived experience as a former convict to help at-risk youth develop the life, leadership, and decision-making skills they need to stay in school and out of trouble.

Thomas Tweh is a completely self-taught artist who has mastered graphite and ink mediums without any formal training in the arts.
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A native of Monrovia, Liberia Thomas began expressing his talent while imprisoned in Washington, DC in the 1990s, and since that time he has been creating artwork that embeds his spiritual experiences, African roots, and involvement with people.  Thomas names Aaron Browne, D. Caesar Harris, Salvador Dali, Charles White, and John Nelson among his influences.

State Senator Will Smith represents Maryland District 20, including much of the Greater Silver Spring area and home to one of the state’s most engaged and diverse constituencies.
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A native of Silver Spring, Will is the first African-American from Montgomery County to serve in Maryland’s Senate. As Vice-Chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Will has championed robust criminal justice reform measures and has led efforts to provide economic and educational opportunities for all Marylanders.


The Hub for Culture & Democracy is a brand-new space for community building, civic engagement, and social action in Olney-Sandy Spring. The Hub will serve as a unique mid-county center for engagement with contemporary social justice and equity issues, bringing together neighbors, residents, and change-makers from across our diverse community.

This series is brought to you in part by Community Sponsors: Islamic Center of Maryland, Shaare Tefila Congregation, and St. John’s Episcopal Church Olney, and Community Partners: Debbie Amster, Marc Elrich, Josephine Garnem-Torbay, Candace Groudine, Alan Sachs, Adileh Sharieff, and Mahvash Sheikh.

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