Dear Westport Presbies, family and many friends,
The Westport Church Session is creating a learning opportunity for anyone and everyone who wants to watch the Netflix documentary “13th” and join in small group ZOOM discussions of the film.
This Oscar nominated documentary explores the living history of slavery as an institution that won’t quit. Film maker Ava DuVernay’s voice, heard through a chorus of other committed voices, is a wake-up call meant to educate viewers and inspire us to understand the perspective of African Americans and take a stand against racial injustice. DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated since the end of the American Civil War, through criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing, suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weighs more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States.
The flyer, created by church leader, Jim Turner, contains a more detailed description of this film and discussion project, gives you a direct link to the film on youtube, a link to a DOODLE POLL which you can use to choose a time preferences (once 8-10 people have selected a particular time, you will receive an email with the zoom link), and a link to a discussion guide.
We hope you will consider signing up in order to learn and to deepen our church’s commitment to anti-racist work.
Stay strong! Keep the faith! Rev Scott