Black History Month Movie Screening - "For Ahkeem" with comments by Hon. Jimmie Edwards

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 6:00pm


The Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis (WLA) is celebrating Black History Month with a private screening of the local documentary film "For Ahkeem."
Hon. Jimmie Edwards ('81), founder of the court-supervised alternative high school featured in the film and current director of public safety for the City of St. Louis, will be in attendance to provide commentary on the film. The event is free for WLA members and their guests, as well as members of the SLU LAW community.
SLU LAW students are welcome to join WLA. Membership is free while in law school and during the first year of practice.

Film Summary: 
After a school fight lands 17-year-old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she's determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself in her rough St. Louis neighborhood. But focusing on school is tough as she loses multiple friends to gun violence, falls in love for the first time, and becomes pregnant with a boy, Ahkeem, just as Ferguson erupts a few miles down the road. Through Daje's intimate coming-of-age story, "For Ahkeem" illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.


For those interested in the film but unable to attend this screening, Judge Edwards will also offer comments at another showing on March 1, at the Missouri History Museum. Registration required.


Ed Hennessy, WLA Administrative Director