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Virtual History Hour – Illustrating Death Row: From Personal to Policy
Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free for Museum members, $5 for non-members
Along with Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore, the United States is one of four advanced democracies and the only Western nation that applies the death penalty regularly.
This program focuses specifically on racial discrimination and the death penalty, with panelists Robert Dunham and Ngozi Ndulue from the Death Penalty Information Center, and Kenneth Reams, an inmate serving life in prison. Together the speakers will discuss excessive punishment in an historical and social context and how judicial practices overwhelmingly target Black men who are over-represented in prisons and on death row. Mr. Reams will share his own story of being sentenced to death while a teenager, and his fight to be released from death row.
The program will conclude with a Q&A and a call to action. How can you use your voice to change laws that allow for these racist and inhumane outcomes? This program is being held in conjunction with Incarceration and Creation: Art as a Human Need, on exhibit from September 17 – November 17, 2021; and Voices & Votes: Democracy in America, on exhibit from October 8 – November 21, 2021.
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