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Remembrance, Reconciliation and Healing: Film Screenings & Panel Discussion

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Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

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Presented by Connecting the Dots Anne Arundel County (CTDAACO) and Maryland Hall with support from its Goldstein-Cunitz Center for Film & New Media

In Partnership with Equal Justice Initiative and Maryland Lynching Memorial Project

Please join us for a special screening and panel discussion at Maryland Hall. In the Main Theatre.

Featuring the Films: Burn: The Lynching of George Armwood and An Outrage. ​

Followed by a Panel Discussion: Remembrance, Reconciliation and Healing: The Family Tree Revealed

Panelists Include:

Chris Haley
Director of Research for the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the Maryland State Archives and Director of the Utopia Film Festival in Prince George's County. Additionally, he has served on the following boards: Annapolis Film Festival, Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Historic London Town Foundation, Jake Savage Foundation and the Annapolis Arts Alliance Foundation. His script for the 2004 The RECONCILIATION WALK for SLAVERY and PENITENCE held in Annapolis on September 29 helped garner the Maryland Tourism Council Global Marketing Award for the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation. He has spoken on genealogy, African American history and self-empowerment on many occasions internationally. His work as an actor, performer and writer has appeared on television, on film, on radio and in theatre. The story of his DNA test that resulted in his discovery and reunion with relatives from the British Isles in 2009 was covered by innumerable news outlets including USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Karen Branan
Author of "The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth." Karen Branan is a veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared in Life, Mother Jones, Ms., New York Times, as well as on CBS, CBC, and BBC. Her book tells the tragic story of her family's role in a 1912 lynching of a woman and three men, one of them a family member and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Dr. James Cone, author of The Cross and the Lynching Tree, wrote of it, "Every American should read this book."

Will Schwarz
President, Maryland Lynching Memorial Project & Filmmaker of Burn: The Lynching of George ArmwoodAdmission is FREE, but please reserve your tickets by registering in advance.


CTDAACO is a coalition of local organizations committed to Racial Justice Initiatives including:

Action Annapolis, Anne Arundel Indivisible, Anne Arundel County Branch NAACP, CAIR - Council on
American-Islamic Relations, Caucus of African American Leaders, CTTT - Coming to the Table, March On Maryland, Showing Up for Racial Justice Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (SURJ 3A), We Persist - Women of Greater Anne Arundel, WISE - Women Indivisible Strong Effective


Featuring Burn: The Lynching of George Armwood

More than 4,000 black Americans were lynched in the United States between 1865 and 1950. At least 40 were in Maryland. These were often public spectacles; sadistic and grotesque displays meant to intimidate blacks and flaunt white superiority. Burn: The Lynching of George Armwood tells the story of the last known lynching in Maryland. It’s a brutal tale of avarice, negligence and political calculation. A poor black farm worker, George Armwood was 23 years old when he was accused of assaulting an elderly white woman in Princess Anne, Maryland. There were no eyewitnesses to the attack and although the victim said she could identify her assailant, she never got the chance.

Burn: The Lynching of George Armwood was produced, written and edited by Will Schwarz, an award-winning television veteran with over 30 years of experience creating original non-fiction programming. Schwarz is the founder and President of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that works to advance the cause of racial reconciliation in the state by documenting the history of racial terror lynchings, advocating for public acknowledgement of these murders and working to honor and dignify the lives of the victims.

Featuring An Outrage

An Outrage is a documentary film about lynching in the American South. Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists, and scholars, this unusual historical documentary seeks to educate even as it serves as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon a long-hidden past.

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