Press Release for Thursday, October 1, 2015
Race, Justice and the Law: A Film Screening of ‘3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets’
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
Race, Justice and the Law: A Film Screening of “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets” will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the University of North Florida’s Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Banquet Hall, Room, 1044, as part of the Distinguished Voices Lecture Series.
This event will screen the Sundance Award-winning documentary, “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets,” which chronicles the murder trial of slain Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis and his parents fight for justice in America. The film will appear on HBO’s lineup Monday, Nov. 23, the third anniversary of Jordan’s death.
Following the film screening, a group of panelists, including Ron Davis, activist and father of Jordan, and criminal defense attorney Mark O’Mara, who lead the high-profile defense of George Zimmerman, will lead a discussion on issues of race, justice and the law.
Davis, CEO and president of The Jordan Davis Foundation, currently resides in Jacksonville, where his son, Jordan, was shot and killed at a gas station over loud music. He is a member of the Planning Committee for the U.S. Human Rights Network and spoke at the United Nations Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, which prompted the U.N. to condemn the policies of racial discrimination against people of color in the United States. Davis has been a guest on several national TV networks, including
CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” HLN, MSNBC, “Good Morning America” and the “Katie Couric Show.”
After leading the Zimmerman defense, O’Mara received acclaim for his even-handed management of the controversial case. His on-camera experience during the trial won him a spot as a CNN legal analyst. Since the verdict, he has decided to use his voice to contribute to the national conversation about race, guns, self-defense, media and the criminal justice system and speaks frequently on these topics. O’Mara started a non-profit organization, Justice Outreach, designed to identify and fix problems with the justice system. He is an advocate for change in state and national laws that lead to the over-prosecution of American citizens, whether it be by unbridled prosecutors or inappropriately applied minimum mandatory sentencing schemes.
This event is free and open to the public; however an e-ticket is required. To obtain an e-ticket, visit http://www.unf.edu/lectures/. For more information about the event, contact Pre-Law Program Assistant Angel Kalafatis at (904) 620-1069 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Distinguished Voices Lecture is co-hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Law Lecture Program, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work and the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at UNF.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.