When Martin Luther King gave the "I Have a Dream" 50 years ago, he had no idea that Jim Crow would soon be replaced with another oppressive system: mass incarceration, which has devastated communities of color across America. Rising penalties for even nonviolent offenses led the number of Americans getting arrested and imprisoned to skyrocket, with people of color paying the highest price. Today, 65 million Americans, disproportionately black and Latino, have criminal records. The result for communities has been devastating. Children are growing up without parents and people with convictions can't get jobs upon release. There's a new racial underclass.
But the story doesn't end there. Alabama Pastor Kenneth Glasgow is one man who's helping to build a movement to transform the justice system. After spending 14 years behind bars for drug crimes, he is applying the lessons of the civil rights movement to a new generation with new dreams. He has enlisted his son Lil' Kenny and daughter Kenyetta in an effort to help those who've been released from prison and change laws to ensure a more equal society with opportunity for all.
Running time is 11 minutes.