Thursday, July 20 at 6:30pm:
Meet our panelists
Rev. Dr. Darren Ferguson
Rev. Dr. Darren Ferguson found his faith during the nine years he spent in prison for attempted murder. He is a preacher, teacher, singer, motivational speaker, and social activist and serves as Pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Far Rockaway and leads the Starve The Beast Campaign, dedicated to reducing violence and recidivism in NYC.
He is the author of How I Became An Angry Black Man: From Prison to the Pulpit. He is also the Director of Special Programs at LaGuardia Community College, where he is responsible for the recruitment and admission of formerly incarcerated students. Dr. Ferguson is a recent graduate of NY Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program.
Kahlil focuses his work as an author, life coach, and college advisor on youth of African descent who may be part of the criminal or family court system, in or aging out of foster care, preparing for college, or struggling with their sexual identity.
He has degrees in Secondary Education and Applied Psychology and is an accomplished poet and essayist, and the author of nearly 30 books, including Prison Bizness – Why Are So Many Black Men in Jail? and Teaching the Young, Gifted and Incarcerated. He was born in Brooklyn, grew up in France, and was raised in Montreal.
Shannon is the director of the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Her experience with legislative advocacy contributed to New York’s passage of paid family leave and public defense reform.
Prior to joining the NYCLU in 2015, Wong served as an Orange County legislator, where she led campaigns to stop the expansion of asset forfeiture and to limit the shackling of pregnant women in jail. She was legislative director for the YWCAs of New York State and the policy and communication specialist for the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is currently a board member for Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley.
Wong holds a Masters in Social Work with a focus on public policy and community organizing from the University of Pennsylvania and indulges in reading books recommended by her twin teenage daughters.
“In feature films the director is God; in documentary films, God is the director.” ~Alfred Hitchcock
We choose documentaries we hope will open our eyes collectively to issues that are important to our lives in Ossining.
At these free screenings, we will have a panel of experts available to answer questions and facilitate our discussion.
We hope that the issues raised in the documentary will encourage the viewers to ask questions and seek out ways to make a difference in Ossining and in The World. Please check our schedule and mark your calendars for our upcoming screenings.
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