In May of 2016, nine University of Dayton students and their advisors traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to interview people who were affected by the August 2014 unrest. The Moral Courage Project was a collaboration between U.D.’s Human Rights Center and PROOF: Media for Social Justice. The result is “Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame,” a powerful exhibit of portraits and oral history on display at the Northwest Branch of the Dayton Metro Library, March 1-31.
A free Opening Reception for the exhibit takes place Tuesday, March 7, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Library, located at 2410 Philadelphia Drive. The reception includes Pizza with the Police, an opportunity for the local community to meet and connect with the Dayton Police Department.
On Monday, March 20, U.D. students who participated in the project will talk about the importance of collecting family stories in a free program, “Why Interview Grandma?” 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Library. The students will share tips for conducting successful interviews, who to talk to, and what to do with the stories that are collected.
After Michael Brown was shot in August, 2014, Ferguson, Missouri became a focal point for protests and racial tensions. The aftermath continues to resonate.
Leora Kahn is the founder and executive director of PROOF: Media for Social Justice. In an interview with the Dayton City Paper, Kahn said, “The word I like to use is ‘transformative,’ because what we found were stories which transformed not only the people who were there taking the testimonies and reaching out, but also those individuals who were participating in the Ferguson protests and the aftermath. And for us, the whole reason for doing the project was to give voice to those people who were trying to make a difference in their community.”
The exhibit, reception and program are all free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Events Calendar or call (937) 463-BOOK.