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Social Justice Film & Speaker Series

Social Justice Film and Speaker Series

Program Description & Panelists

The event focuses on racial injustices that have occurred in Texas relating to state violence perpetrated against African American women. Screenings of two films will be followed by panel discussions with the filmmakers and people whose stories are told in each documentary. Panelists include filmmakers of Say Her Name, Sharon Cooper and Shante Needham (Sandra Bland's Sisters), Dr. Skyller Walkes (Interim Director, Office of Disability Services), and Dr. Scott Bowman (Associate Professor and Master's Program Coordinator, School of Criminal Justice, and Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion and Diversity). Ms. Ameerah McBride (Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Office of Equity and Inclusion) will serve as Moderator.

Date, Time & Location

Monday, February 18, 2019
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Performing Arts Center Recital Hall | 430 Moon Street


Traffic Stop - Documentary

Traffic Stop

Traffic Stop tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas, who was stopped for a routine traffic violation that escalated into a dramatic arrest. Caught on police dashcams, King was pulled from her car by the arresting officer, repeatedly thrown to the ground and handcuffed. En route to jail in a squad car, she engaged in a revealing conversation with her escorting officer about race and law enforcement in America. The documentary juxtaposes dashcam footage with scenes from King's everyday life, offering a fuller portrait of the woman caught up in this unsettling encounter.

Say Her Name - Documentary

Say Her Name

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland explores the death of Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old African American who, after being arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town, was found hanging in her jail cell three days later. Dashcam footage revealing her arrest went viral, leading to national protests. The film team followed the two-year case beginning shortly after Bland's death, exploring the questions of what really happened to her, and what we may learn from her tragedy.


College of Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Center for the Study of the Southwest
Office of Equity and Inclusion
Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion
Department of Health and Human Performance
Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology

Special Accommodations & Information

For special accommodations:

Contact Student Diversity & Inclusion at or 512-245-2278 at least 72 hours prior to start of program. 

For more information:

Dr. Jesse Gainer
Coordinator & Advisor, Master's in Reading Education
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education 

Dr. Sherri Benn
Assistant VP for Student Affairs,
Director of SDI Office, & ADA Coordinator
Student Diversity & Inclusion