#HumCitizen: Maryland Justice Summit – What Is Justice?

Presented by:
Maryland Humanities
Current Initiative: Democracy and the Informed Citizen National Partner: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Other Subject: Journalism, Other Audience: All

Maryland Humanities seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the complexities of the American justice system and the role the media plays in helping citizens to understand it. The two-day summit, featuring TED-style talks, panel discussions, documentary film talk-backs, and first-person accounts, offer a variety of perspectives on the topic.The council will partner with The Baltimore Sun and the University of Baltimore School of Law.


“In the Executioner’s Shadow: A Story of Justice, Injustice, and the Death Penalty” – Baltimore, MD – On Oct. 27 Maryland Humanities will screen the documentary, In the Executioner’s Shadow: A Story of Justice, Injustice, and the Death Penalty. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Rick Stack and journalist E.R. Shipp.


Tony Lewis, Jr: Children, Families, and Mass IncarcerationBaltimore, MD – Whether or not society chooses to acknowledge it, mass incarceration affects not just the incarcerated, but families and entire communities. The trauma can span generations. Tony Lewis, Jr. is a community leader, workforce development specialist, re-entry expert, and champion for children with incarcerated parents. He is also the son of one of Washington, D.C.’s most infamous drug Kingpins who suddenly had to navigate the dramatic turn his life took following his father’s incarceration in 1989. Join us as Mr. Lewis speaks about his struggle with the loss of stability, isolation, and the breakdown of his family after his father entered the criminal justice system, and how laws and practices within the system continue to feed the cycle of mass incarceration.