CALL FOR STORYTELLERS

Annual 9/11 Town Hall: Detention and Incarceration 

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 

Aliya Hassan Auditorium @ AANM


Do you have a personal or family story of Detention and Incarceration to share?

Submission deadline is Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018; submit HERE.


The Arab American National Museum (AANM) and ACCESS’ Campaign to TAKE ON HATE are searching for community members to share their personal and family stories of Detention and Incarceration as part of the 9/11 Anniversary Town Hall on Friday, Sept. 14. The evening of community dialogue and storytelling will examine how communities of color have been targeted and perceived as violent threats in the name of national security. If selected, participants will be provided one-on-one coaching by a professional writer/theater director who will help polish the performance while maintaining the integrity of the story. 

Expanding upon AANM’s popular Hikayat storytelling performance series, the 9/11 Anniversary Town Hall will showcase real life experiences of Detention and Incarceration through the art of storytelling, including personal stories by local community members. The event will also include a performance of Letters from Detention, a moving theatrical piece written and directed by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen (authors of The Exonerated and Aftermath). The performance is adapted from a series of letters exchanged between Center for Constitutional Rights clients Yasser Ibrahim and Hany Ibrahim, two brothers held on separate floors of Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center for months after 9/11.  The event will also include a brief panel discussion including attorneys, activists, and other professionals who work to combat the oppressive systems that allow for unjust detention and incarceration to continue.

13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126 - Phone (313) 582-AANM (2266) A Project of ACCESS