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Filmmaker Sultan Sharrief on the Importance of Giving Back

Sultan Sharrief is currently in Boston and doing work in the Comparative Media Studies program, connected to the MIT Media Lab. He also won a Knight Grant to build a curriculum to bring communities together and create restorative justice plans, which he’s working on with Allied Media Projects in Detroit.

Epic Homegoing Unfolds Over Two-and-a-half Centuries

Toward the end of Yaa Gyasi’s stunning debut novel Homegoing, winner of the 2106 American Book Award, readers meet Marcus, a Stanford PhD student who sets out to research the convict-leasing system. As a young man, his grandfather had been arrested on trumped-up charges, then leased by the state of Alabama to a coal mining company, where he was forced to work in the mines for years.