Film Screenings & Panel Discussion: Remembrance, Reconciliation and Healing

February 7th
7:00 PMPurchase

Thursday, Februray 7 | 7 pm

Film Screenings and Panel Discussion 

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

Admission is FREE, but please reserve your tickets by registering in advance. 

Please join us for a special screening and panel discussion.

Featuring the Films:  Burn: The Lynching of George Armwood, An Outrage and the animated film Slavery to Mass Incarceration

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.

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

Moderated by:

THORNELL JONES  is an activist in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County with a focus on developing a Racial Equity Culture. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, he leads workshops on finding one’s unconscious bias and leads a monthly book club with readings on unconscious bias. He also leads Coming To The Table conversations monthly which help to bridge the race gap through respectful conversation.

A member of the Caucus of African American Leaders and the NAACP, Thornell earned a BS in Physics at New York University and a MS in Physics from the University of Connecticut, where he completed the coursework for the PhD in Solid State Physics. He spent 32 years at IBM in a broad range of assignments including building, testing, servicing, and marketing computers. He did market development which led to the enhanced use of computing by several scientific sectors. He advanced the idea and implemented the first Executive Decision Support Systems using advanced math processes.

Thornell is a long time member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and is known in Annapolis as the manager for several years of the Fawcett and Eastport Yacht Club Friday Night Beer Cans sailboat races.

Panelists Include: 

CHRIS HALEY  is the 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 boards of: Annapolis Film Festival, Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Historic Town Foundation, Jake Savage Foundation and the Annapolis Arts Alliance Foundation. His script for the 2004 The Reconciliation of Walk for Slavery and Penitence held in Annapolis on September 29, 2018 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.  As an actor, performer and writer he has appeared in numerous productions, including HBO’s, The Wire, TV ONE’s For My Man, and the PBS Special, Partners of The Heart.

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.   The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets and My Search for the Truth 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, that 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  is the producer, writter and editor for the film Burn: The Lynching of George Armwood; Silver Award winner for Spotlight Documentary Awards, 2018. Mr. Schwarz is an independent television producer, EP, writer and director based in Baltimore, MD. The award-winning television veteran has more than 30 years of experience creating original non-fiction programming for broadcast, government and corporate clients. His work has been honored with numerous Emmy, Telly and other industry awards.

Schwarz is also 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.

TINA JOHNSON from Somerset County, Maryland, is the granddaughter of Mary Armwood Braxton, the first cousin of George Armwood who was said to have been the last man lynched in the state of Maryland. Tina is an artist, activist, and the education and program coordinator at Dorchester Center for the Arts.

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

Action Annapolis, Anne Arundel County Indivisible, Anne Arundel County Branch NAACP, CAIR - Council on American-Islamic Relations, Caucus of African American Leaders, CTTT - Coming to the Table, CTDAACO - Connecting the Dots Anne Arundel County, 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

We cannot heal the deep wounds inflicted during the era of racial terrorism until we tell the truth about it.” — Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative