Two-Day Event: Unshackled Narratives: The Impact of Incarceration

The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with Spelman College, Public Square, Mass Story Lab, Gideon's Promise, Common Good Atlanta, and Women on the Rise, will host will host a two-day event focused on the impact of incarceration in the Black community, the State of Georgia, and the United States. This program is free and open to the public.

Unshackled Narratives: The Impact of Incarceration will use the City of Atlanta and its communities as the lens through which we explore, discuss, and bring into focus issues related to incarceration in Atlanta and in the country.

Both parts will be held at
Spelman College
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Auditorium
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA, 30314

Part I
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

This two-part event kicks off with an evening screening of RIKERS: An American Jail and post-screening panel discussion with Cadeem Gibbs, who is featured in the RIKERS film, as well as Serena Nunn, former Atlanta Fulton County Public Defender Office and Tiffany Roberts, Staff Attorney, Southern Center for Human Rights. Ilham Askia, Executive Director, Gideon's Promise will moderate the panel. Learn more and reserve seats at

Part II
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Mass Story Lab will lead the second part of Unshackled Narratives, designed to bring community stakeholders together to develop strategies for criminal justice reform in Atlanta. This morning activity will feature personal stories presented by formerly incarcerated men and women who live in the Atlanta area. They will describe the direct impact mass incarceration has had on them, their families and their communities. This powerful testimony will lead into break-out sessions facilitated by Mass Story Lab, and a community dialogue focusing on the issues related to closing Atlanta Jail. Learn more and reserve seats at

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