People's Alliance Fund Presents
36 Seconds: Portrait of a Hate Crime
Screening and Q&A
In 2015, three Muslim-American students were executed while eating dinner in their home in Chapel Hill, NC. The film charts the victims’ families’ agonizing overnight pivot from trauma to advocacy as they struggle to prevent their loved ones’ deaths from being dismissed as the result of a random parking dispute. They courageously speak the truth about the hate crime that has destroyed their lives, about the overt and insidious ways racism plays out in our society and about the need to reform a hate crime system that is broken. This is a project about grace and the will to fight for the truth in the worst of circumstances.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussing the film, the criminal case, and hate crime laws. Panelists include Durham County Board of Commissioners Chair Nida Allam, Durham County District Attorney Satana Deberry, state Senator Jay Chaudhuri, and University of North Carolina School of Law Professor Joseph E. Kennedy, with WUNC’s Leoneda Inge as moderator.
Commissioner Nida Allam
Commissioner Nida Allam was sworn into the Durham County Board of Commissioners on December 7, 2020, becoming the first Muslim woman ever elected to public office in the state of North Carolina. Prior to being elected to the Board of Commissioners, Allam served in senior leadership in the North Carolina Democratic Party, as chair of the Durham Mayor’s Council for Women, and as political director for the Bernie Sanders campaign.
District Attorney Satana Deberry
Satana Deberry serves as the elected District Attorney for Durham County. As District Attorney, she has prioritized the prosecution of serious offenses, implemented policies to reduce unnecessary pretrial incarceration and court involvement, and worked to improve trust and equity in the courts. Throughout her career, Deberry has worked to dismantle systems that restrict the lives of poor people, families, communities of color, and other marginalized and underrepresented groups. She brings to the office of District Attorney extensive experience, having served as a criminal defense attorney in her hometown of Hamlet, North Carolina, General Counsel for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and executive director of the nonprofit North Carolina Housing Coalition.
Deberry is a recipient of the North Carolina Justice Center’s 2020 Defender of Justice Award for Litigation, the Duke Law Alumni Association’s 2020 Charles S. Murphy Award for Civic Service, and Attorney General Josh Stein’s Dogwood Award. She received her AB in Sociology from Princeton University, her Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law and her master’s in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is mother who enjoys spending time with her active daughters.
Senator Jay Chaudhuri
Jay Chaudhuri has spent his career fighting for and working on behalf of the people of North Carolina. For two decades, he has worked at the highest levels of all three branches in state government: as Special Counsel to Attorney General Roy Cooper, as General Counsel & Senior Policy Advisory to State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and as a State Senator representing North Carolina District 15. For the last two legislative sessions, Senate Democrats have elected Jay as Senate Minority Whip, the second-highest ranking position in his Caucus. He’s a product of Cumberland County public schools. He lives in the Village District neighborhood with his wife, two children, who attend Wake County Public Schools, and their golden retriever.
Professor Joseph E. Kennedy
Joseph Kennedy joined the Carolina Law faculty in 1997 and serves as the Martha Brandis Professor of Law. Kennedy teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Investigation and Cybercrime Law. Kennedy is the author of numerous articles and essays on criminal law and the criminal justice system. His writings have appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He writes often on mass incarceration and the War on Drugs. He is the solo author of the textbook “Criminal Law: Cases, Controversies and Problems” and “The Short and Happy Guide to Criminal Law.” Kennedy comments regularly on criminal justice issues in the media. He has published opinion editorials with Slate Magazine and has appeared on CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Fox Weekend Live, and National Public Radio.
Kennedy received his B.A. in History with Honors from Stanford University and his law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he served on the Law Review. Prior to teaching, Kennedy worked as an advocate at a center for the homeless in Los Angeles and practiced law as a litigation associate for Morrison and Foerster and as a public defender in San Francisco.
Leoneda Inge is the co-host of “Due South” – WUNC’s new daily radio show. The program takes a panoramic view of race, southern culture, politics and place. Leoneda is the recipient of Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards from RTDNA, “Gracie” awards from the Alliance of Women in Media and an Alfred I. DuPont Award for the group series, “North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty.” She was named “Journalist of Distinction” by the National Association of Black Journalists (2017). Leoneda is a proud graduate of Florida A&M University and Columbia University. Her essay, “Everybody Is Cheering for You,” is in the new book, “HBCU Made – A Celebration of the Black College Experience.”