Initially branded Say Something Shoals, Project Say Something evolved from our realization that addressing social injustice requires not only effective and open communication but community action, as well. Our expanded mission includes a robust variety of programming:
- Forums on race and racism
- Diversity workshops
- Film screenings
- Educational programming
- Community organizing
- COMPASS, our child enrichment program
- Wellness and mental health support
- Nonviolent communication workshops
Our intention is to continue developing and expanding our programming as we address issues of social justice that impact the Shoals region and our nation more broadly. We hope you will join us!
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.
Project Say Something partnered with the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library to produce the Florence African American History Project celebrated the website launch, 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
Fighting Racism within the Feminist Movement
March 3, 6:00PM, at 116 Mobile
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