Melina Abdullah to Speak at Friday Screening of 13th

Professor Melina Abdullah, one of 30 activists who helped to form the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, will be the speaker for the post-film conversation at this Friday’s screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, 13th. The film and conversation are aimed not only at understanding how we got from abolishing slavery with the 13th amendment to imprisoning more people than any other country in the world – but also at helping participants find approaches to steering these delicate conversations in meaningful and powerful ways.


Abdullah is Professor and Chair of the Pan-African Studies Department at Cal State LA, and a recognized expert in the field of race relations. She is a featured speaker in 13th.

Friday’s program is co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s renowned Bay Area Writing Project, whose lead teachers will facilitate the conversation; and the Appreciating Diversity Film Series. The screening is FREE and open to the public. The screening is also the first part of a two-day BAWP Professional Development Program for Teachers, which will continue at UC Berkeley the following morning.

What: FREE Screening of 13th and BAWP-Facilitated Discussion with Professor Melina Abdullah

When: Friday, April 21, 6 PM Reception; 6:30 – 9 PM Screening & Discussion

Where: Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, 325 Highland Ave, Piedmont 94611

No RSVP needed.