Updated: Jul 23, 2020
Photo By Duane C. Fernandez Sr.
"Fighting for Justice,” a new documentary produced by Deepfocusnews Publisher, Hardnotts Founder and Daytona Beach, award-winning photojournalist Duane C. Fernandez, Sr., will make its debut to area residents on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Cinematique of Daytona, 242 S. Beach St, Daytona Beach, FL., 32114 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
“Fighting for Justice” is his second black history documentary and covers the killings
of black and brown men and women in America, from Trayvon Martin to Marquis McGlockton. For the first time in 50 years, America has truly united and rallied behind a singular cause. Just a few weeks ago, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer who put his knee on Mr. Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. All around the world, massive protests have taken place during a pandemic. Black Lives Matter protests from Washington, D.C. to Daytona Beach, Florida continue to take place, as communities work together to address racial and social justice.
This timely film includes footage from Department Chair and Professor Dr. Daniel L. Hollar’s class at Bethune Cookman, where students relate their personal experiences and thoughts about Florida’s Stand your Ground Law, Black Lives Matter, and the continuing mistreatment of blacks and racism in America today.
The film also contains footage of Pastor Johnny Lee Gaddy, a survivor of the Arthur G. Dozier
Reform School for Boys, the 2018 white nationalist rally and protest in Gainesville, Florida,
the Ku Klux Klan rally in Columbia, South Carolina, speeches by Attorney Ben Crump,
Reverend Al Sharpton, NAACP Chair Leon Russell, Volusia County Sherriff Mike Chitwood,
and input from students from Daytona State College and the University of Florida.
Signed copies of his new book “Lies Uncovered – The Truth About the Arthur G. Dozier Reform School for Boys will be available for purchase for $25.
The Book exposes the truth about the Arthur G. Dozier Reform School for boys, through interviews of black men who were incarcerated at the reform school from the 1950's through the 1980's. The now defunct school robbed many young boys of their lives, while profiting from their slave labor. For over a sixty-year span, the stories told by these black men have not changed. Events reported by both an eighty-year-old black man and a thirty-year-old black man who survived the school, are remarkably the same. Young men, whether they were taken off the streets off Daytona Beach, Florida or the streets of Sanford, Florida and brought to the reform school, reveal the terrible truth about it. They speak of still having nightmares of the Dozier Reform School for Boys and "The Long Journey Home.”
Tickets are free but reservations for the film debut are required through Eventbrite.