Black Mothers Seeking Justice in Hartford:
Revisiting the 1999 Police Shooting of Aquan Salmon
with Dr. Channon S. Miller
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 6pm
Albany Branch Library
1250 Albany Ave, Hartford, CT 06112
“Black Mothers Seeking Justice in Hartford” will revisit the 1999 police shooting of Aquan Salmon on Enfield Street. It follows the determinations, consciousness, and movements of the 14-year-old’s mourning grandmother. Norma Watts’ grief did not emerge from the piercing impact of a bullet alone. She witnessed a modern vessel of systematic inequality abject her child from the world, and after his last breath, misname him. The non-indictment of the officer responsible and the criminalizing language associated with the case marked Aquan’s body with justifications for his demise. The presentation traces Watts’ attempts to dislodge her grandson from an archive of black disposability and call for justice.
Dr. Channon S. Miller received her PhD in American Studies from Boston University in May of 2017. Prior, she attended Trinity College, where she received her BA in American Studies in 2011. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of San Diego. Her research and writing examine how black women have imagined and created alternative worlds and interrogate race, gender, and class-based inequalities. Hartford, her birthplace, home, and a city that she has long seen through the eyes of the women who reared her and whose landscape has been unmistakably carved by their visions of freedom and justice, continuously inspires and motivates her work. Her current project is to spotlight Hartford’s place within the enduring and transforming lineage of black women’s traditions of resistance in America.