March 2, 2023
We are excited to announce our partnership with Walden School to screen the documentary Ferguson Rises. The film covers the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown, Jr. and the national movement to address police brutality that emerged as a result. In particular, the film engages the work on Ferguson residents to transform their relationship to law enforcement and addresses the start of Black Lives Matter. The event will feature a Q&A with the filmmaker, Mobolaji Olambiwonnu, and Michael Brown, Sr.
This screening will be Tuesday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. at Walden School (74 S. San Gabriel Blvd., Pasadena) in the Toby Hayward Community Room. We will have 75 tickets available, and the event is open to all families, but seating is limited! Each family can only receive a maximum of 3 tickets in order to allow for the broadest possible attendance. If you plan to attend, please click the RSVP link in the March 3, 2023, Waverly Weekly News.
Looking forward to seeing some of you there. Feel free to reach out to me or Marsille Reed with questions or concerns.
Head of School
About Ferguson Rises:
Before the explosive global uprising condemning the murder of George Floyd, there was a small town in Missouri that erupted in protest after the August 9, 2014, killing of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown, Jr. by a white police officer. It was this small town and its people that propelled Black Lives Matter to international prominence and inspired a new global civil rights movement.
Ferguson Rises looks deeply into the aftermath and protests. It also highlights the diverse voices of community members: from residents to police officers, to business owners and those who chose to say “enough is enough” by taking to the streets for a record 400 days straight. These varied perspectives are interwoven with a rarely seen portrayal of a Black father’s grief, to help us understand the human side of this tragedy and to give us an intimate view of what it means to be a Black man in America. Director Mobolaji Olambiwonnu shows us the indomitable nature of the human spirit and how people can take something so tragic and build something beautiful around it.