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MLK Event Reminder: "Soul of Justice; Thelton Henderson's American Journey"

In honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday,

the University of Minnesota Law School Co-Deans,

the MLK Raise the Bar Service Group, and the Black Law Students Association

invite members of the Law School Community to a special screening of the compelling documentary film

“Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey”

with an Introduction by award-winning Filmmaker

Abby Ginzberg

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 ~ 12:15 PM**

Lockhart Hall (Room 25)

Lunch provided (limited supply) for those attending

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Notes on the Film:

SOUL OF JUSTICE: Thelton Henderson’s American Journeyis a timely and unforgettable story about one person’s commitment to integrity and human rights and his profound influence on the American judicial system. This riveting and thought-provoking film transports viewers through the inspiring life and work of one of the first African-American federal judges in the United States and chronicles the impact of his decisions on the lives of millions.

Beginning with his 1980 judicial appointment by President Jimmy Carter until the present day, Henderson’s tenacity in seeing that his decisions are implemented has made him a uniquely effective and brave jurist, setting the bar high for others who have followed in his footsteps. From the inhumane conditions at Pelican Bay State Prison to the slaughter of dolphins by tuna-fishing fleets, to the elimination of affirmative action, SOUL OF JUSTICE reverberates with the heart-wrenching and dynamic issues that have placed Judge Henderson on the front lines throughout the last 25 years. At a time of increasing polarization over the actions of judges in America, this compelling cinematic journey reveals the true power of Thelton Henderson’s fearless efforts to see that justice retains its soul.


Soul of Justice is an official selection of the 2005 Mill Valley Film Festival; 2006 Pan African Film Festival; 2006 Ashland Film Festival; 2006 Black International Cinema Festival (Berlin); 2006 San Francisco Black Film Festival and 2006 Hollywood Black Film Festival.


For more information about the film go to www.soulofjustice.org.

**Please note that a SECOND SHOWING sponsored by the American Constitution Society,the Hennepin County Bar Association& the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers will take place on January 17, 2007, at the Minneapolis Central Public Library, Pohlad Hall, at 300 Nicollet MallDoors open at 5:30 p.m.; Program begins at 6:00 p.m.  This second showing will include remarks by US District Court Judges Michael Davis and John Tunheim, with a reception following the film sponsored by Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi, LLP.