ACLU of Texas Client Regina King and Others Will Discuss “Blacks in the Criminal Justice System”

Contact: Dotty Griffith, Public Education Director, ACLU Foundation of Texas
(512) 478-7300 x 106 or 923-1909;

A movie about events that occurred in Hearne (near Bryan-College Station) will kick off a discussion about African Americans and the criminal justice system Thursday, March 31, on the Texas A&M University campus.

Following the screening of American Violet, a fictionalized version of the story of a single African-American mother wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in a small Texas town, the panel will discuss racial profiling and other criminal justice issues.

Panelists will include ACLU of Texas client Regina King, whose experiences are depicted in the movie; Dr. Wendy L. Moore, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dr. Stephen Sargent; Lecturer in Political Science; and Krystal Gomez, Advocacy and Policy Counsel of the ACLU of Texas. Dr. Kimberly Brown, Director of Africana Studies, will moderate.

Paul Asofsky, president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas Board of Directors, and ACLU of Texas Houston Regional Director Maida Asofsky will attend as well. Ms. Asofsky is working with students at Texas A&M to organize an ACLU of Texas student club.

  • What: Panel discussion on criminal justice issues following screening of American Violet

  • When: Thursday, March 31, 6 to 10 p.m.

  • Where: Rudder Theatre Complex, TAMU Campus

Co-Sponsors: Africana Studies in conjunction with the Department of Political Science, TAMU