Susquehanna University to Screen Social Justice Documentary
Published on January 31, 2012
Filmmakers Paul Hill and April Martin will screen their documentary “Crusade for Justice” on Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Isaacs Auditorium, in Seibert Hall. The screening is free and open to the public.
Described by the filmmakers as “a feature-length documentary about police brutality, judicial corruption and the power of grassroots activism in Cincinnati, Ohio,” “Crusade for Justice” examines the deaths in 2001 of Roger Owensby Jr. and Timothy Thomas, both arising from separate encounters with Cincinnati police officers. Set against the backdrop of a grassroots uprising that launched an economic boycott, and a federal investigation into the city's policing practices, the documentary examines Cincinnati's attempts to confront and resolve its longstanding struggles with law enforcement and issues of social justice.
As part of their campus visit, the filmmakers will also lecture in some of Susquehanna’s classrooms, including to sociology students in the Penalties and Punishment course.
The screening is sponsored by Susquehanna’s Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ), which provides support to minority students while fostering diversity across campus. The CDSJ offers events and programs, mentoring services, a fellowship for social justice studies and support for student-run affinity groups. It also sponsors the Theresa Palmer Society, named for Susquehanna University's first African-American woman graduate, which brings together diverse women to share, discover and celebrate issues related to women, culture and leadership.
Karen M. Jones