“Black History On Screen” Presented By The Riverhead Anti-Bias Task Force & The Suffolk With Pre-Screening Forum
Doors: 6:30PM | Pre-Screening Forum: 7:00PM | Film: 7:30PM
A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jaime Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.
Enjoy artwork on display from the MLK Portrait Project, a collaboration between East End Arts and local high school students.
The event includes a pre-screening forum moderated by Mark MK McLaughlin (Chairman of the Anti-Bias Task Force) featuring…
Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr.
Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr. is the 67th and current sheriff of Suffolk County, New York on Long Island. Toulon is the first African American sheriff and first African American elected official to hold a nonjudicial countywide office in Suffolk County. Toulon learned about the criminal justice system from a very early age; in 1982 he joined the New York City Department of Correction where he had a 22-year career in uniform serving in various positions in the Emergency Service Unit, Firearms & Tactics Unit and Compliance Unit.
He retired as a captain due to health reasons. In 2014, he returned to the Department of Correction as the Deputy Commissioner of Operations overseeing the Intelligence Unit, Training Academy, Applicant Investigations Unit, Emergency Management and Compliance Units. Taking office in January 2018, Sheriff Toulon is the county’s first African American person to be elected to a non-judicial countywide office. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Monroe College, a master’s degree in Business Administration and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Dowling College.
District Attorney Ray Tierney
Raymond A. Tierney assumed office as the Suffolk County District Attorney on January 1, 2022. DA Tierney is a career prosecutor, having served more than 28 years as a prosecutor at both the state and federal levels. He is an independent prosecutor committed to enforcing the law in an ethical and accountable manner to protect the citizens of Suffolk County.
DA Tierney started his career in law enforcement as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in 1992. He worked his way up through the ranks of the office from prosecuting misdemeanors, to presenting felony grand jury cases, and participating in all aspects of state felony prosecutions including trials of homicides, kidnappings, arsons, violent sexual assaults, and murder.
Between 2019 and 2021, DA Tierney served as Executive Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. DA Tierney was the executive in charge of Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau, Crime Strategies Unit, and Body Worn Camera Unit. In this role, DA Tierney supervised units utilizing the efforts of designated teams of prosecutors, NYPD investigators, district attorney investigators, analysts, paralegals and clerical staff to prosecute the many criminal street gangs causing most of the violence in Brooklyn.
Honorable Riverhead Town Supervisor
Born and raised in Riverhead, Tim Hubbard graduated from Riverhead High School, attended Suffolk County Community College and then began a 32-year career with the Riverhead Town Police Department. He worked his way up from part time officer to a Detective 1st Grade, certified by The FBI in Advanced Crime Prevention. Among his management responsibilities, he prepared the annual budget for the Juvenile Aid Bureau and Police Athletic League. In additon to serving as Town Councilman in Riverhead for the 8 years. He administered the Town’s PAL program for over 22 years fostering its growth to over 900 local youth participants.
Tim is married to his wife, Lisa, and together, they share 5 children and 5 grandchildren. As a lifelong resident and with a family ancestry that traces back to the late 1700’s,Tim has Riverhead in his heart and on his mind every single day.
- Town of Riverhead Civic Person of the Year
- Riverhead News Review Educator of the Year-
- Riverhead PBA Member of the year-
- Elected to Riverhead School’s Board of Education-
- Past member Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance/EMT-
- Past member Eastern Suffolk BOCES Advisory Board-
- Over 30 years mentoring and coaching our local youth-
- Suffolk County Youth Lacrosse Person of the Year
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