Hawaii Scholastic Journalism Association

ACSLU’s partnership with a free screening of the film, “Marshall”

Shane Grace Deloso and Braeden Bucao

Alphonso Braggs and Mark Davis are informing students about the film “Marshall.”

A partnership between American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai’i (ACLU) and Michael Koskoff, the screenplay co-writer of  the film, “Marshall” are planning a free screening of the movie at Regal Dole Cannery.  

The film is based on the lawsuit of Brown vs. Board of Education, when racial segregation took place in U.S. public schools.  Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, had the opportunity to become the prosecutor in the case.  However, in this film, it frames an earlier point of his life as an attorney.  

Before this milestone in his career, Marshall was a part of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), who covered issues mainly about racism and possibly still could relate to today’s generation.

“It moves forward social justice because it reminds America that there are parallels to what is happening today,” Alphonso Braggs said.

Braggs is the president of Honolulu-Hawai’i NAACP.  He believes that the moral of the film could potentially influence generations to find solutions to current social justice issues in the country. Today, many social justice issues are prevailing in many cities around America. The Charlottesville and Ferguson protests have all drawn parallels to the issues around Thurgood Marshall’s time.

Alongside Braggs, Mark Davis, the Principal of Davis Levin Livingston and Founder, Davis Levin First Amendment Conference, has worked with the Michael Koskoff to set up the screening of the film.  

“This event is something that is definitely not unfamiliar to us,”  Davis said.  Thus, the public should expect more events like these to encourage them to take a stand in today’s social justice issues.

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