IMAGE: Jim Hodges, With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), 2014–2016. Stainless steel, Dichrolam, acrylic, enamel paint, and LED lights. Installed, 84 x 1,737 x 10 inches. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – The Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas, 2017. Artwork © Jim Hodges. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Image © The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners: With Liberty and Justice for All Film Series

Two documentaries about the history of progressive politics and social justice, by writer and director Shola Lynch, connect to the themes in Jim Hodges’s With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress) and Rodney McMillian’s timely exhibition Against a Civic Death.

Roof opens 7:30P, Film at 8:30P

Picnics and BYOB welcome! Our neighbors Royal Blue Grocery are also offering 20% off food and drink purchases during each screening. Just check in at the Jones Center and get your wristband, then go across the street (609 Congress Ave.) to take advantage of this offer.

Co-presented by Austin Justice Coalition and The Contemporary Austin

Educator and activist Angela Davis, whose affiliation with the Communist Party and the Black Panthers landed her on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, challenged perceptions of political freedom in America.

From her early years as a student to her highly publicized arrest and trial, the documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners allows Davis to tell her own stories through a series of intimate interviews.

Directed by Shola Lynch, 2012, 102 min. Watch the trailer below.

Join us for a conversation following the film!

As a creative, scholar, and organizer, Virginia Cumberbatch’s work sits at the intersection of community advocacy and storytelling. Cumberbatch began serving as Director of the Community Engagement Center (CEC) in 2016. The CEC is an arm of The University of Texas’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and incubates the Social Justice Institute, which focuses on connecting the resources of the university to the community to address concerns of equity and access in education, housing, health care, and social justice. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Virginia is a founding board member of Six Square: Austin’s Black Cultural District, an organization focused on preserving Austin’s Black history and heritage in East Austin and on curating ongoing cultural and economic contributions of Black Austinites. She is currently a Global Shaper (part of the World Economic Forum), on the board of KLRU and the Waller Creek Conservancy and was vital in relaunching the National Urban League’s Young Professionals program in Austin. In 2017, she was appointed to and is currently serving on the Mayor of Austin’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Bias. She is the recipient of the 2016 Anti-Defamation League of Austin Social Justice Award. Her book, As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at The University of Texas at Austin, will be published in 2018.

Nakia Winfield is currently the Mental Health Policy Advocacy Fellow for Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, having spent 7 years in Apple’s human resource department, after which she began her graduate school career, where she served as a policy analyst under Texas House Representative Coleman during the 85th session and worked on the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict while interning at the Nobel Women’s Initiative. In her current position, Winfield has advocated for strong social safety nets, police accountability, and an end to the persecution of transfolks and immigrants all at the state level. In Austin, her passions are justice-focused: economic, reproductive, environmental, racial, social, and criminal. Anti-racism takes center stage in her work. She loves policy and helping improve the societal foundation on which everyone can thrive. Winfield has also been part of the core leadership for Undoing Racism Austin and is a co-founder of the Race Equity Accountability and Leadership committee – created to provide an anti-racist lens through which social workers view their work and their role in systems here in Texas.