Following the wake of Michael Brown’s death — Ferguson, Missouri has become ground zero for the national conversation on race, and the relationship between marginalized communities and law enforcement. Have we become numb to the tragic police officer involved killings of Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, and countless others?
Moderated by distinguished journalist, Gwen Ifill, the PBS special broadcast explores the tragic events of Michael Brown’s death, and events of Ferguson. The one-hour town hall meeting was held on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. AMERICA AFTER FERGUSON will also include interviews with former president Bill Clinton, NPR host Michele Norris and actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, among others.
“As viewers will see in AMERICA AFTER FERGUSON, the outrage and pain surrounding the events in Ferguson are still very raw and very real — in Ferguson and across the country,” Ifill said. “Drawing from conversations with Missouri residents and leaders in national politics, journalism, law enforcement and faith, AMERICA AFTER FERGUSON will underscore there is a lot of healing yet to do.”
For the first time, PBS will incorporate live tweets from the #AfterFergusonPBS dialogue.
“We hope to encourage a national dialogue and truly multi-platform town hall discussion on important questions that Ferguson brought into the foreground,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS.
Visit pbs.org/afterferguson for an simulcast the broadcast, polling, surveys, and resources relevant to the Ferguson discussion.
AMERICA AFTER FERGUSON, airs Friday, September 26, 2014, 8PM ET on PBS (check local listings).