Featured: “Civil Disobedience in the Modern American South”
A mini-documentary series by Atlanta-based photographers/videographers Justin Miller and Brandon Mishawn
“viii. cleveland ave is our home”
Local organizer and activist Antonio Lewis noticed that beautification in the City of Atlanta only came after the wheels of gentrification have started to turn. He and his Organize to Mobilize team took matters into their hands, by coordinating with local Cleveland Avenue businesses who not only provided supplies for murals to be painted on their businesses, but also agreed to make an annual contributions to a scholarship fund for students local to Atlanta’s Cleveland Avenue community.
The intervention of federal agents in Portland and other cities across the nation prompted a direct action response on Atlanta’s ICE/DHS office.
“vi. an american hero”
The sixth episode of “Civil Disobedience in the Modern American South” is a tribute to Rep. John Lewis through a vigil held in his district days after his passing.
“v. candlelit nights”
Just over a month after his death at the hands of Atlanta Police, a vigil is held at the property of the former Wendy’s which organizers hope to turn into a neighborhood peace center named after Rayshard Brooks. For more information, follow @rayshardlaw on Instagram and sign the petition for the peace center. More at www.rayshardslaw.com.
“iv. the fourth”
Lost to headlines of gun violence that marred Atlanta’s Fourth of July were celebrations of heritage and renewed calls for reparations.
“iii. university & pryor”
The third episode of “Civil Disobedience in the Modern American South” documents the unrest that followed the Atlanta police killing of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks on June 12, 2020, in a Wendy’s parking lot on University Avenue in Southeast Atlanta.
“ii. after midnight”
The second episode of “Civil Disobedience in the Modern American South” is representative of the evolving tone of Atlanta’s protests before the June 12 death of Rayshard Brooks at the hands of APD.
“i. from the ashes”
This first episode of “Civil Disobedience in the Modern American South” chronicles the first week that began a summer of protest in Atlanta, Ga., on May 29, 2020, following the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department.
Series directed & edited by Justin Miller / Series cinematography by Brandon Mishawn / Original interpretative composition of “Black Ice” composed and performed by Jammin’ on the Ivories / Shot exclusively on Sony Alpha A73 / Voiceover by Killer Mike via the City of Atlanta public archive