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April 26, 2016

Mother of Amadou Diallo to attend “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” documentary premiere

ANN ARBOR—Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo, will attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening of a new U-M documentary titled “Love, Life & Loss” on Wed., April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at U-M’s Angell Hall. Amadou Diallo, a 23-year-old immigrant from New York who died on February 4, 1999 after being shot at 41 times by four police officers, is one of six black men remembered in a song by Atlanta-based composer Joel Thompson titled “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed.”

The song was recently premiered by the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club under the direction of Eugene Rogers, associate director of choirs and professor of conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Amandou Diallo’s last words, as sung in the third movement of the song, were “Mom, I’m going to college.”

Since her son’s death, Mrs. Diallo has dedicated her time to raising awareness of equal justice issues in honor of her son by forming the Amadou Diallo Foundation Inc. The foundation aims to offer scholarships to students in Africa who want to study in America, to improve relations with the police and the community, and to provide a mentoring program for young people, with an overall focus to support the efforts of students who would not be otherwise able to continue their education without additional financial aid.

Mrs. Diallo will also participate in a 30-minute Q&A with Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dr. Jason Geary, U-M Glee Club director Dr. Eugene Rogers, School of Music, Theatre & Dance Dean Aaron Dworkin, composer Joel Thompson, and members of the U-M Glee Club.

Contact: Riverflow Agency - Kennedy Williams -201-774-2818

Note: Media interested in attending the event can RSVP to Sydney Hawkins. Full audio versions of "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" and "Glory" are available upon request.



Ferguson Missouri Mike Brown killing

Ferguson Missouri Mike Brown killing

Brown, who was unarmed when he was killed by police, became an instant symbol of racial injustice as protesters flooded into the streets after his death. Civil rights leaders said the shooting in this predominantly black St. Louis suburb revived long simmering questions about police treatment of minorities across the country.


Can the Cops Cuff You For Filming an Arrest?

Can the Cops Cuff You For Filming an Arrest?

By Bill Briggs

A number of recent arrests have highlighted the role citizen smartphones can play in documenting police action, and while courts have sided with camera-wielding observers in the past, civilians who tape police making a bust may still face their own arrest, legal experts and activists say.

Several court rulings have upheld a civilian’s First Amendment rights to videotape cops performing their jobs in public places, legal experts say.

Those same federal courts, however, also found “this federal constitutional right is not absolute, particularly when it comes to filming traffic stops,” said Professor Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida. “The precise contours of the right have yet to be fully fleshed out.


TWC News: NY1 Exclusive: Amadou Diallo's Family Thinking of Buying Property Where He Was Killed

The family of Amadou Diallo is once again thinking about buying the Bronx property where he was shot and killed. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following exclusive report. Play Video

It's an address countless people have traveled to, wanting to see for themselves the Wheeler Avenue home where Amadou Diallo was shot and killed by police as the 23-year-old innocently stood in his doorway in 1999.

Now, a small "for sale" sign has been posted on the property. In an exclusive interview with Diallo's mother, Kadiatou Diallo said she'll try her hardest to buy the building.

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