Living on Long Island While Black: The Suburban Search for Justice

A screening of Strong Island explores the murder of William Ford Jr. through the eyes of his brother, Yance Ford, the Oscar-nominated director in the category of feature documentary (2018). The film looks at Long Island’s past through a detailed crime story, the legacy of trauma on one family, and the reverberating consequences on families.

The panel discussion, co-moderated by Martine Hackett, associate professor in the Master of Public Health and Community Health programs, and Nicole Franklin, assistant professor of radio, television, film, Hofstra University, will feature Keith Bush, whose murder conviction was overturned in May 2019 after he spent 33 years in prison, and a Nassau County Civil Liberties Union representative, as they discuss and take questions from the audience on systemic racism in criminal justice.


Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 

Time: 6 p.m., Documentary Screening: Strong Island
8 p.m., Panel Discussion

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Free and open to the public.
For more information, please call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit

This event is free, but advance registration is required. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.



Tuesday, October 22, 2019





Cultural Center Theater - Leo A. Guthart
Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Hofstra Cultural Center

Phone: 516-463-5669
Website: Click to Visit

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