Shawn Ginwright to Speak on Panel at Screening of "Greensboro"

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When:  Thursday, February 18th, 2010 6:00-9:30 (Movie Starts at 7:00pm)
Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Youth Together is proud to announce Shawn Ginwright as a panelist following the film screening of Greensboro: Closer to the Truth.  The author, professor, activist, and founder of Oakland based non-profit, Leadership Excellence, will be on hand to discuss his methods of healing and restorative justice with urban youth.  Come join us to view a moving documentary as well as hear and dialogue with amazing community activists restoring hope and justice in our communities.


Shawn Ginwright is a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University. In 1989, Dr. Ginwright founded Leadership Excellence Inc. an innovative youth development agency located in Oakland, California that trains African American youth to address pressing social and community problems. In 2002 he also created the Research Collaborative on Youth Activism, a network of scholars activist who study, advocate and support youth organizing efforts around the country. He is also the co-founder of the Institute for Radical Healing, a newly formed institute dedicated to pioneering research and wellness practices that build the capacity of individuals and communities of color to sustain social change efforts.

In 1999, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities.

He is the author of “Black in School- Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture” and co-editor of” Beyond Resistance!: Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America’s Youth” and “Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America”.

He has published extensively on issues related to urban youth in journals such as Social Problems, Social Justice, Urban Review, and New Directions in Youth Development. He is a highly sought speaker to national and international audiences.

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About Greensboro: Closer to the Truth

On November 3, 1979, in the absence of a dissuasive police presence, a caravan of white supremacists confronted demonstrators preparing for a “Death to the Klan” rally planned in a black community in Greensboro, NC by the Communist Worker Party. The Klansmen and Nazi Party members emerged from the cars, unloaded an arsenal of guns and began firing on protesters. Five people were killed in what became known as the Greensboro Massacre.

Greensboro: Closer to the Truth documents the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission ever convened in the United States, which was organized 25 years later in Greensboro to help the community come to terms with this violent history that continues to play a role in the lives of those affected by it. In screenings hosted just outside of Greensboro, North Carolina, viewers expressed shock at their own ignorance of the 1979 “Greensboro Massacre” and its aftermath that transpired only a few miles from where they live. The character-driven film has thus proven effective at engaging audiences in a difficult history that puts a human face to the drama that unfolded in 1979 and invests them in the process of investigating truth and seeking new forms of justice.

See you on February 18th!


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