On Saturday, February 18, AZPM presented a screening and panel discussion of BECOMING FREDERICK DOUGLASS. The film explores the inspiring story of how a man born into slavery transformed himself into one of the most prominent statesmen and influential voices for democracy in American history. A co-production of Firelight Films and Maryland Public Television (MPT), BECOMING FREDERICK DOUGLASS is executive produced by Stanley Nelson and Lynne Robinson and produced and directed by Nelson and Nicole London.
The evening's program featured a documentary followed by a discussion and Q&A session with panelists from the University of Arizona led by Treya Allen Ed.D., diversity, equity, and inclusion instructional support coordinator in the General Education office, and Beyond Juneteenth committee co-chair.
Jerome Dotson | Assistant Professor, Africana Studies Program
Jerome Dotson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and a graduate of Morehouse College. He holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history and an M.A. in African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research and teaching interests focus on African American history, Southern foodways, hip-hop, folklore, and politics of the body. He previously taught at the University of Washington and Seattle University. Currently, he is working on a book-length manuscript, which explores the ways eating and diet have animated Black radicalism in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Derrais Carter | Assistant Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
Derrais (sounds like Paris) is a writer, book artist, and assistant professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. He is the creator of the artists’ book Black Revelry: In Honor of The Sugar Shack (If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be a Part of Your Revolution, 2022) and the author of 33 1/3: Marvin Gaye’s I Want You (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). Carter’s work has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Netherland-America Foundation.