September 16, 2009 5:00 pm
Fredric Jameson Gallery
115 Friedl Building (Old Art Museum)
Reception to follow
Please join us as we close this show by award winning Chicano artist
Malaquias Montoya. This show features silkscreen images and paintings dealing with the death penalty and penal institutions.
Our two special guests are Darryl Hunt and State Rep. Floyd McKissick (invited).
Hunt is a Winston-Salem native who in 1984 was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of newspaper employee Deborah Sykes. He served over 19 years in prison before being exonerated due to DNA evidence. After his release, Hunt started the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice, devoted to “educating the public about flaws in the criminal justice system, advocating for those wrongfully incarcerated as a result of those flaws, and providing resources and support for those trying to rebuild their lives.”
Rep. Floyd McKissick, Jr., an attorney, was selected in 2007 to serve out the term of the late Jeanne Hopkins Lucas in the North Carolina Senate. The son of the late civil rights activist Floyd McKissick, the senator is a cosponsor of the Racial Justice Act, signed into law by Gov. Beverly Purdue in August 2009. The RJA makes it possible for individuals sentenced to death to introduce statistical evidence establishing racial bias as part of their defense and appeals.
The event is sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center, the NC Coalition for a Moratorium, and the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 668-6511.