Book co-edited by Professor Gregory Parks premieres as play on Oct. 15 in New York

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Associate Professor of Law Gregory Parks

A book co-edited by Professor Gregory S. Parks and Matthew W. Hughey has been arranged for a theatrical production, “12 Angry Men.” The play will premiere at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in residence at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn, New York. The theatrical readings are part of a larger event series sponsored by Bed-Stuy’s Restoration Plaza. The play is based on “12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today,” edited by Parks and Hughey and published by The New Press in 2011. View show details and buy tickets here.

Professor Parks’ research focuses on both race and law issues as well as social science and law issues. His scholarship also focuses on black fraternal networks and their relation to the law–e.g., biographies of prominent African-American lawyers and judges who were/are life-long members of these organizations, the role of these organizations in African-Americans’ quest for social justice and civil rights, and the legal issues around violent hazing within these organizations. Professor Parks has authored or edited nearly 10 scholarly books, including “The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America?” (Oxford University Press 2011) and “Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, the Demands of Transcendence” (University Press of Kentucky 2011). Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Professor Parks practiced in Trial Group in the D.C. office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Cornell Law School and a law clerk on both the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Hon. Andre M. Davis) and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby). Follow him on Twitter @BlackJDPhD

The New York Times ArtsBeat  previewed the “12 Angry Men” production in a story about the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Center Fall Arts Lineup on Sept. 16 by Andrew R. Chow. The original story follows:

The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation has announced its slate of arts and cultural events for the fall, under the lens of “Project Protest: The Art of Revolution.” The lineup includes a talk with the actor Wendell Pierce, a concert by the hip-hop artist Rakim, and a premiere production of “12 Angry Men,” directed by the Tony Award winner George Faison.

“We want to take a 360 look at how protest in fact can be a conduit for affirming human dignity,” said Indira Etwaroo, executive director of the Center for Arts and Culture at Restoration. “We know what we see online, we know how the media covers protest, but we want take a step back and actually give the stage to artists.”

“12 Angry Men,” not to be confused with the well-known play by Reginald Rose (also made into a noted film), is based on the 2012 book “12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today.” The book recounts instances of racial profiling and injustice from black figures like the former baseball player Joe Morgan and the journalist Solomon Moore. The production will take place Oct. 15-18 at the Billie Holiday Theater and feature the television actors Dulé Hill and Nelsan Ellis.

Mr. Pierce (“The Wire”) will promote his new memoir, “The Wind in the Reeds,” at the Skylight Gallery on Sept. 27. The ninth annual all-day concert, RestorationRocks!, will feature Rakim, formerly of Eric B. and Rakim, on Oct. 10.

Further conversations hosted around the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood will touch upon Ferguson and the politics of black life.

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