Red Carpet Event – A Bridge to Justice


On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission along with WNED (Buffalo) hosted a screening and panel discussion of A Bridge to Justice: The Life of Franklin H. Williams, a documentary on civil rights leader, lawyer and Peace Corps organizer Franklin H. Williams. Ambassador Williams chaired the Commission in the late 1980s and his groundbreaking report on the inequitable treatment of people of color in the New York State court system led to the establishment of the Commission as a permanent entity in the New York State Courts. The Commission is named in his honor. This half hour documentary explores the life of Franklin H. Williams and includes interviews with former Chief Judges Sol Wachtler and Jonathan Lippman, the Ambassador’s son and namesake, and scholars, civil rights advocates and others who knew Franklin H. Williams. The documentary is narrated by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown.

Welcoming remarks were given by Donald K. Boswell, President and CEO of Buffalo Toronto Public Media; Hon. Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the State of New York; Hon. Shirley Troutman, Appellate Division, Fourth Department; and Hon. Troy K. Webber, Appellate Division, First Department, Co-Chairs of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission. A moderated panel discussion followed with panelists Enid Gort, Ph.D., Anthropologist, Biographer and former Director of the Phelps-Stokes Institute; Edna Handy Peeples, Esq., Founder, LSC, LLC, and Former Executive Director of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission; and Franklin H. Williams, Jr., Son and namesake of the late Ambassador Franklin H. Williams. John Caher, Senior Advisor for Strategic and Technical Communications, NYS Office of Court Administration, served as moderator. VIDEO LINK


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