"Exodus From Pity to Power"
The 4th Annual Tunis G. Campbell Birthday Festival on March 30th – April 2nd, 2012 in Brunswick, GA
More black men are in the grip of the criminal-justice system today than were in slavery.
More than half of all black men without a high-school diploma go to prison during their lives.
– 2012 Mass Incarceration by The New Yorker magazine
“The daily streamlining of youth into the legal system, and too often on erroneous charges continues to increase,” Olivia Butler stated.
“Schools are a pipeline to prison – they are not designed for intellectual development – they are designed for intellectual retardation,” said Rev. Zack Lyde.
The festival gives coastal Georgia residents "unity to stand together so these things don't continue to happen to any other child," Estella Wright said.
"Just before every election they commence to intimidate by arresting all the prominent colored men. As usual they have arrested me again," Tunis G. Campbell said.
#1 (Upper Left) Political Cartoon that depicts Mitchell County, Georgia whites holding freed blacks down after the Camilla, Georgia Massacre of 1868.
The massacre was one of the more violent episodes in Reconstruction Georgia.
The Camilla Massacre remained part of southwest Georgia's hidden past until 1998, when Camilla residents publicly acknowledged the massacre for the first time and commemorated its victims.
At least nine freedmen were killed, and as many as 25 to 30 were wounded.
No whites were killed or seriously wounded.
The political cartoon was drawn by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly.
#2 (Lower Left) An “Old Negro” (former slave) with horn with which slaves were called.
The photograph was taken by Russell Lee in April 1939 near Marshall, TX.
The United States Farm Security Administration or Office of War Information domestic photographic units photo (taken by on-duty federal employee Russell Lee) appeared on the Library of Congress website and is now also on Wikipedia under public domain.
#3 (Upper Right) Blacks voting during Reconstruction Georgia are depicted in a political cartoon.
A Georgia Studies image appearing on GALILEO and the University of Georgia Libraries Georgia Info website (an extensive online resource about Georgia. ) as part of the Digital Library of Georgia.
#4 (Lower Right) Photo of the ruins of houses in Savannah, Georgia (circa 1865).
The historic photo was apparently taken just after Gen. Sherman's March to the Sea, the name commonly given to the Savannah Campaign in Georgia from November 15, 1864 to December 21, 1864 by Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman of the Union Army in the American Civil War.
The campaign began with Sherman's troops leaving the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia, on November 16 and ended with the capture of the port of Savannah on December 21.
The photo is from the University of Georgia Libraries (Special Collections Libraries) in the Richard B. Russell Building in Athens, GA – the home of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies (specifically the UGA Libraries/Reconstruction in Georgia/Selected Bibliography of Georgia Room Holdings).
U.S.A. Shame: The “mass incarceration” of African-American youth is focus of event in Brunswick, GA:
(Once at website, close box to see satellite view)
Attorney Jamal Touré, J.D. is known as a Djeli (living historian or griot) who can comment on the lives of African people at home and in the diaspora.
4th Annual Tunis G. Campbell Birthday Fest
March 30th – April 2nd, 2012
Theme: “Exodus From Pity to Power”
Friday, March 30, 2012
Location: Roxy Theatre, Brunswick, Georgia
Saturday, March 31, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Septima Clark Parade for Education of Our Youth
( Parade Route: From Perry Park to Altama Ave. and G Streets in Brunswick)
12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Round Table Discussion/Symposium 5 presentations (40 min)
Location: Selden Park in Brunswick
*Topic: Mass Incarceration in our Community
Featuring: Labor Rights Leaders, The International Longshoreman’s Association union, and the Service Employees International Union (S.E.I.U.)
Banquet: Cost: $25 per person (Dressy Casual)
Location: Selden Park in Brunswick
The event includes a performance by Jamal Toure':
Attorney, lecturer, author, and living historian performer
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Location: The Baptist Worship Center in Crescent, GA
(The site of 1,000 acre purchase initiated by Tunis Campbell)
Delivering the sermon will be Queen Quet Marquetta Goodwine, Chieftess, Spokesperson, and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation
Monday, April 2, 2012
"During the membership drive we are hoping people with sign up for the organization so we can take a stand for the community," Wright said.
Septima Poinsette Clark (May 3, 1898–December 15, 1987) was an American educator and civil rights activist.
- For many poor people in America, particularly poor black men, prison is ordinary life, like high school and college is ordinary life for whites.
- More than half of all black men without a high-school diploma go to prison during their lives
- Mass incarceration is perhaps a fundamental fact, as slavery was a fundamental fact of 1850
- More black men in the grip of the U.S. criminal-justice system than were in slavery
- More Americans are under “correctional supervision” — more than six million — than were in the Gulag under Stalin
- For privileged/professional people, the jail experience is a mere brush
- No other country even approaches the number of Americans in prison
- Lockuptown is the second largest "city" in the United States
(source 2000 U.S. Census data via Wikipedia)