Past Events


April 14, 2020 Muscles Shoals National Heritage Area Local black history part of group’s focus


PSS Board members, Brian Murphy, Katie Owns-Murphy, Taurus Bennett, Camille Bennett

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.

Facilitator, Joan Williams
Facilitator, Camille Bennett
Katie Owen Murphy, Facilitator

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.

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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,

Social justice monument being planned near Confederate statue in Alabama

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.

Project Director, Brian Murphy

The website is open and available for browsing:

Whose Monument?  Not Tearing Down History, but Building Up Hope

Panelists: Brian Murphy, Dr. Victoria Ott, Tori Bailey, Rev. Trevor Crenshaw

What is a History Harvest?
A history harvest is a community-driven history project. Citizens contribute artifacts, documents, photographs, and stories that are collected, scanned, and stored on a collective online database for everyone to access. The goal is a fuller and richer story about the local community’s history as told by its own citizens.
After the history has been “harvested,” it is shared in the form of a public presentation and website. This makes it a permanent part of the community.

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!
September 17, 2017 @ Trinity MB Church, History Harvest
Barbara Crenshaw & Bettie Hooks bring family photos & documents to the Project Say Something History Harvest today.
Project Say Something is excited to announce three grant projects for 2017-2018 that work toward racial equality and social justice in the Shoals!

Saturday, March 11, Project Say Something and Shoals Yoga teamed up to bring in Virginia Rosenberg from North Carolina. She wrote the article “6 ways Spirituality Reinforces Oppression” that went viral.

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

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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.

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Think Tank: 21st Century Policing

Panelists Trevor Crenshaw, Hank Sherrod, Kimberly Jackson, and Ron Tyler address the importance of trust-building between law enforcement and communities of color.

October 27, 2016 @ Handy Recreation Center

Times Daily coverage:


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.

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Film screening, The Return, July 12, 2016 @ Florence-Lauderdale Public Library.

The PBS-POV documentary highlighted the difficulties of reentry after incarceration.

Dr. Katie Owens Murphy and Lamont West
Dr. Katie Owens Murphy and Lamont West moderate the discussion following the film.

Panel Discussion, “Let’s Talk Honestly About Justice,” July 11, 2016 @ 116 Mobile:

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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:

Candlelight Vigil for Racial Justice, July 7, 2016 @ Lauderdale County Court House:

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Vicki Goldston and daughter Camille Bennett address a crowd of over 100.

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Compass kicks off its Summer Day Camp at Living Spirit Child Enrichment:

David Walton, musician, song writer
David Walton, musician, song writer with Compass kids
Teacher, Ana Carter-Peeples with Julie
Teacher, Ana Carter-Peeples with Julie

 PSS becomes an active participant in Southern Peoples Organization, June 3-5, 2016 @ Atlanta, GA


Panel Discussion, May 26, 2016, 6:30 pm, “Social Justice Think Tank” @ The End theater

Camille Bennett moderating
Camille Bennett moderating

Panel Discussion, Feb. 18, 2016, at 6:30pm, “Let’s Talk About Racism,” @ The End theater

Panelists for forum
Panelists for forum


Article from local newspaper, Times Daily
Article from local newspaper, Times Daily

First Panel Discussion, November 18, 2015, “Let’s Talk About Racism” @ Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

Camille Bennett moderates with panelists.
Camille Bennett moderates with panelists.