GFA LECTURE SERIES - FALL 2015
TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER
SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.
Saturday, October 10, 2015, 3pm
Otis Graduate Studios
10455 Jefferson Blvd,
Culver City, CA 90230
Since the mid-1980s, up to 200 Black Women have gone missing in South Los Angeles. As many as 100 are suspected to be victims of a serial killer. Tales of the Grim Sleeper, a documentary directed by London Filmmaker Nick Broomfield, discusses this tragic loss of lives and justice in disenfranchised areas of L.A.
MARGARET PRESCOD BIO
As an early teen, Margaret Prescod emigrated along with her family from Barbados in the Caribbean, to the US and immediately became involved in the civil rights movement. After moving to Los Angeles she was an active supporter of the efforts of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 132 in their successful effort to win pay equity for woman Gas Company workers. It was the first such victory in private industry in the United States.In the mid-1980’s, in response to police reports of the serial murders of Black Women in South LA, Margaret founded the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders which resulted in the establishment of a reward by LA City and an LAPD task force to investigate the murders. Her work was reflected in the recent HBO film about the murders entitled “Tales of the Grim Sleeper.” The Nick Broomfield film was short listed for an Academy Award in the documentary category. Margaret was active in the UN women’s decade where she coordinated the lobbying efforts that succeeded in getting governments to agree to measure and value unwaged work in the home, on the land and in the community in national accounts. Margaret Prescod is the host and producer of “Sojourner Truth” a popular nationally syndicated drive-time public affairs program on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK in Los Angeles, WBAI in New York City and WPFW in Washington DC as well as several other stations including in Atlanta, Olympia Washington, Portland Oregon, where she has interviewed key figures including Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Toni Morrison, four time Grammy winner Ben Harper and others. Margaret was named by the LA Weekly as the best radio personality in Southern California. She is the author of Black Women Bringing It All Back Home, which was published in the UK.
NANA GYAMFI BIO
Known as the ‘People's Attorney,' Nana Gyamfi is a human and civil rights advocate who seeks to address the social justice challenges of the community through legal advocacy, involvement in local causes and activism. In addition to being an attorney in private practice, she runs the Crenshaw Legal Clinic where she provides legal-ease workshops providing knowledge on civil rights, and is an adjunct professor at Cal State University Los Angeles in the Pan African Studies Department. Nana is also a co-founder and co-director of Human Rights Advocacy, a community based organization dedicated to defending the human rights of Black and oppressed people everywhere. Attorney Gyamfi earned her BA from Cornell University and her law degree from UCLA's School of Law.