April 14, 2020 Muscles Shoals National Heritage Area Local black history part of group’s focus
True Justice Community Gathering, November 7, 2019
Project Say Something collaborated with UNA ‘s Center for Social Inclusion for an interactive film and discussion at Florence Public Library.
Juneteenth Celebration, June 23, 2019
On June 23, 2019, Project Say Something, Florence, AL, held its second annual Juneteenth Celebration, but this time in front of the Lauderdale County Courthouse. Alabama passed a bill prohibiting the tearing down of any monument; so the event was an artistic, educational, cultural explosion that ended with a protest projection for an homage to the fight for racial justice and a tribute to Dred and Harriet Scott.
Times Daily, December 5, 2018
FLORENCE — A proposal to erect a sculpture of Dred and Harriett Scott in front of the Lauderdale County Courthouse as a companion piece to the Civil War monument will be presented to county commissioners on Monday.
The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Lauderdale County Courthouse.
Four speakers plan to make their presentation in three-minute increments to remain in compliance with the commission’s public comment rules, according to Project Say Something Director Camille Bennett
Foundation to execute a campaign pushing for the monument. Placing a social justice monument near the 115-year old monument memorializing fallen Confederate soldiers balances the story of Florence’s role in southern history, said Camille Bennett, founder of Project Say Something.
After multiple community town halls, panels and roundtable discussions,
each artist created sketches of what the monuments could look like. Bennett said the group will listen to attendees’ comments and questions about the sketches.
About two weeks after the unveiling, Bennett said the organization will chose one of the designs to present to the Lauderdale County Commission. If approved, the organization will then start fundraising the estimated $150,000 to $250,000 needed to create the monument itself.
Project Say Something partnered with the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, and the UNA Public History program to produce the Shoals Black History Project and celebrated its website launch on February 24, 2018 at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library.
The website is open and available for browsing: http://shoalsblackhistory.omeka.net/
Whose Monument? Not Tearing Down History, but Building Up Hope
History harvests are only successful with full community participation The more people who contribute stories and artifacts, the more history is harvested. So dig into your basements and attics and help us to tell the story of African American life in Florence!
- Our Alabama Office of School Readiness grant enabled PSS to add a pre-school program to Focus-Scope Daycare. This program is located at Living Spirit Church on Wood Ave. You can find an interview with director Camille Bennett here:
- Our partnership with the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library resulted in a grant from the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area that launched the Shoals Black Project. Learn more about the project here:
- We also received funding from the Fringe Foundation to conduct an educational campaign surrounding Confederate monuments in the South with a special emphasis on the monument located outside of the Lauderdale County Courthouse in downtown Florence.
West Florence Community Dinner
PSS with the Citizen’s Advisory Council sponsored event to bring
the community and Florence Police Dept. together
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Handy Recreation Center
Monday, November 14, 6:00 pm @ Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
in collaboration with PBS-POV
15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story
Screening and discussion
Synopsis: Does sentencing a teenager to life in prison serve our society well? POV’s “15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story” follows a young man’s plea for redemption.
View the trailer at http://www.pbs.org/pov/15tolife/
Think Tank: 21st Century Policing
October 27, 2016 @ Handy Recreation Center
Confronting the Impact of Racism
September 29, 2016 @ Handy Recreation Center
Voter registration and panel discussion
with District 1 and 3 City Council candidates, August 18, 2016 @ Handy Recreation Center.
Film screening, The Return, July 12, 2016 @ Florence-Lauderdale Public Library.
The PBS-POV documentary highlighted the difficulties of reentry after incarceration.
Panel Discussion, “Let’s Talk Honestly About Justice,” July 11, 2016 @ 116 Mobile:
Community members address Officer Greg Smith, DA Chris Connolly, formerly incarcerated resident Shannon Thompsen, and UNA professor Chris Purser in a packed house with standing-room only.
Times Daily coverage: http://www.timesdaily.com/news/local/meeting-draws-frank-discussion-on-race/article_8c239c33-3005-5344-9a20-8877813b400e.html
Candlelight Vigil for Racial Justice, July 7, 2016 @ Lauderdale County Court House:
Vicki Goldston and daughter Camille Bennett address a crowd of over 100.
Compass kicks off its Summer Day Camp at Living Spirit Child Enrichment:
Panel Discussion, May 26, 2016, 6:30 pm, “Social Justice Think Tank” @ The End theater
Panel Discussion, Feb. 18, 2016, at 6:30pm, “Let’s Talk About Racism,” @ The End theater
First Panel Discussion, November 18, 2015, “Let’s Talk About Racism” @ Florence-Lauderdale Public Library