Watch: Imagining Freedom


Incarceration denies millions of people full participation in American society—and, in turn, American society is denied their artistic, cultural, and intellectual contributions.

Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, president of Mellon Foundation was joined by renowned activists, scholars, and educators Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent; Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and professor Mitchell S. Jackson; and artist and curator Jesse Krimes to explore intellectual and imaginative communities that transcend the experience of incarceration. Stay tuned at the end of the conversation to hear “Tell ‘Em the Truth” from the album FREEDOM FIRST by Keith LaMar and Albert Marquès, the first album in history by an artist on death row.

This livestream event was originally presented by Mellon Foundation on February 23, 2023.

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