Film Presentation by our Undoing Racism Committee

Please join the Undoing Racism Committee on Friday, January 17th, when we present Gideon’s Army, an award winning film by Montclair’s own Dawn Porter. There will be a reception held at 6:30 PM with the film showing immediately following at 7:00 PM.

GIDEON’S ARMY follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon’s Promise) they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?


We are the Undoing Racism Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair. We come together to sensitize the community to the ongoing systemic oppression of people of color. We organize to promote equal justice, opportunity, and dignity for all people. We undo racism by changing hearts and minds.