The Quakertown Community School District has scheduled a screening of a solutions-focused documentary in which filmmakers examine racial profiling and the struggle it creates for minority communities.
The movie “Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer” shines a light on the importance of reconciliation and healing between police and other members of the community. L.O.V.E. is an acronym for Learn about the community and the people in it, Open your heart to the humanity of people in the community, Volunteer yourself to be part of the solution, and Empower others to do the same.
It will be shown at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the Quakertown Community High School’s Performing Arts Center. The free program is intended to reach high school-age students as well as mature 7th and 8th graders.
Everyone of an appropriate age is invited to attend, including families who live or attend school outside of Quakertown. QCHS is located at 600 Park Ave. in Quakertown.
QCSD School Resource Officer Bob Lee worked with Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub to bring the film to Quakertown. “I believe this is an important film for our students and community members to see,” Officer Lee said. “We just had a very successful MLK Day of Service and with Black History Month approaching, there’s no time better than now for us to work to bridge the gap between our police and minority communities.”
The movie by A.J. Ali and Errol Webber features interviews with law enforcement officers, as well as members of minority communities who share their experiences and a mission to build stronger police-community relationships. After the film, audience members will break up into groups for a discussion facilitated by members of The Peace Center. Pizza will be served.
Weintraub said “Bucks County’s police officers are collectively the fairest and best in the business. But we in law enforcement must always be sensitive to public perceptions of our officers, especially negative ones. By viewing this film together, we are proactively demonstrating our desire to talk about these critical police perception issues with the public we serve, and our community-police relations will only grow stronger than they already are.”