You may attend this program in the Historic Asolo Theater or virtually via Zoom. Please note that the in-person film viewing is only available to patrons who purchase a ticket to the film screening in the Historic Asolo Theater and will include the talk back immediately following the film. Those that purchase the online panel discussion will not have access to the film screening of "The Blood is at The Doorstep" in the Historic Asolo Theater.
Seating in the Historic Asolo Theater will allow for social distancing. Note: In the event of rising COVID cases or safety concerns this event is subject to be moved outdoors or cancelled. Ticket holders will be notified upon any changes made and refunded if the screening is canceled.
Film: The Blood is at the Doorstep
After Dontre Hamilton is shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice and reform. Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre's death, this intimate verite documentary follows Nate and his family as they struggle to find answers and challenge a criminal justice system stacked against them.
Post film conversation with Maria Hamilton and Angela Harrelson, facilitated by Queen Zabriskie
Join us for a powerful virtual panel discussion with Maria Hamilton, the mother of Dontre Hamilton, Angela Harrelson, the Aunt of George Floyd and Paris Stevens, cousin of George Floyd. This conversation will occur following the film "The Blood is at the Doorstep" and will be facilitated by Dr. Queen Meccasia Zabriskie.
Maria Hamilton, founder of Mothers for Justice United and mother of Dontre Hamilton, who was murdered on April 30, 2014 by the Milwaukee police will be available on zoom following the film for a short discussion and Q&A.
Mothers for Justice United was founded by Maria Hamilton of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after her son Dontre Hamilton was murdered by Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney on April 30, 2014. Maria tried to make sense of the tragic circumstances which took Dontre from her at the age of 31 and waited and worked to obtain justice for her son. Maria came to know the terrible suffering, which has been forced on all too many black mothers whose children have been victims of police or vigilante violence. Unarmed young black men in particular have been effectively executed for minor crimes, such as jaywalking, suspected theft of cigars, selling loose cigarettes, shoplifting, or, as in the cases of Trayvon Martin and Dontre Hamilton, the noncriminal acts of making white people uncomfortable or fearful in public. Maria determined to reach out to other bereaved mothers, to support each other and to advocate together for justice, and for a humane response and recognition from their fellow citizens. Thus, began Mothers for Justice United and her work on the Mothers’ United Voices (MUV) project. Maria and MFJU organized the Million Moms March that took place in Washington, D.C. on Mother’s Day Weekend 2015, to have their voices heard, to demand justice for their murdered children and to put an end to the race-based policies of policing and vigilante violence that harm communities of color. Her dream is to mobilize mothers across the United States to come together to stop the senseless killing of children.
Angela Harrelson, George Floyd’s Aunt, Co-Chairman for George Floyd Global Memorial in Minneapolis and Aunt of George Floyd grew up in a shack surrounded by tobacco fields in eastern North Carolina, and was taught by her sharecropper parents how to get along in a country that made black people sit in the back of the bus. After her high school graduation, she attended community college in Iowa where she hoped to become a lawyer. She later changed her mind about pursuing a law career, when a law counselor said that he would not teach black people. Intimated by his position of authority and white influence, she decided to pursue a nursing degree instead. Harrelson did graduate with a bachelor's degree and served in the Army National Guard, Navy Reserves and Air Force Reserve/Guard for 15 years which helped to pay for some of her schooling. She later ended her military career as Air force Captain and has been currently working nearly 30 years as an R.N. Although George Floyd is the name the world knows him by, his family calls him by his middle name "Perry." Minnesota has been Angela's home since 1998 and when Perry decided to make his home in Minneapolis three years ago, Harrelson looked forward to having him nearby. She had made a promise to George Floyd's mother, Sissy, vowing that she would be there for him and this promise always stayed with her. Angela is now speaking at virtual events around the country, keeping the kind-hearted spirit of her gentle, beloved nephew alive, and doing her part to continue in the fight against racism and oppression. He is missed dearly by his friends & family who will continue to be a voice for him.
Paris Stevens, Co-Chair of The George Floyd Global Memorial, is the first cousin of George Floyd. Paris has lived in Charlotte, NC for over 20 years. Since the death of George Floyd, she has become an activist for racial justice. By trade, Paris has been a nurse for the past 11 years. My greatest joy is taking care of my children. Keep walking the walk is a statement I use continuously. This journey will not be won as a race, but with time and consistent accountability.
Dr. Queen Meccasia Zabriskie is an assistant professor of sociology at New College of Florida and will facilitate the talk-back following the film. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. Professor Zabriskie’s primary teaching and research interests include race, class, and gender; social inequality; dance sociology/ sociology of dance; sociology of culture; black feminist thought, and performance and politics in the African/Black Diaspora. Professor Zabriskie’s artistic and creative work explores issues of identity, community, healing, and empowerment.