After 37 years in prison, Bobby Perkins can hardly believe that he has become a community leader, engaging marginalized citizens on democracy. Moreover, he has found meaning in the process. “That’s why I go out here to pound these sidewalks to register people to vote,” he explains between puffs of a Newport cigarette. “Because I believe in it. I believe in the democracy.”
Follow along in the run-up to the 2020 election as formerly incarcerated citizens, now community leaders Bobby Perkins, Nicole Hanson-Mundell and Monica Cooper go all-in to get out the vote in Baltimore, Maryland. Their efforts in the face of misinformation, polarization, and a global pandemic, are featured in this new Bertelsmann Foundation documentary by Samuel George, the director of, Go-Go City: Displacement & Protest in Washington DC. Theirs is a story of the powerful positive impact of democratic engagement.
After the showing, stay tuned for a panel conversation on the topics of the film. Featured speakers include Gilda R. Daniels (NYU Law '90), Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law, Nicole Hanson-Mundell, Executive Director, Out for Justice, and Sean Morales-Doyle Acting Director, Voting Rights & Elections, Democracy, Brennan Center for Justice. Moderating the post-film panel discussion is Samuel George, Global Markets and Digital Advisor, Bertelsmann Foundation; Director, Go-Go City: Displacement & Protest in Washington, DC and Out to Vote: A Story of Redemption, A Story of Democracy.
This webinar is produced in partnership with the John Brademas Center of New York University, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and NYU Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation.