DATE CHANGED: Keith Ellison in conversation with Andrea Young - Break the Wheel

DATE CHANGED: Keith Ellison in conversation with Andrea Young - Break the Wheel

Thursday, Jun 01, 2023 7:00 PM

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307


With this powerful and intimate trial diary, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison asks the key question: How do we break the wheel of police violence and finally make it stop?

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and A Cappella Books welcome the author for a discussion of his new book, "Break the Wheel: Ending the Cycle of Police Violence." Ellison will appear in conversation with Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the venue. Masks are optional.

About the Book

The murder of George Floyd sparked global outrage. At the center of the conflict and the controversy, Keith Ellison grappled with the means of bringing justice for Floyd and his family. Now, in this riveting account of the Derek Chauvin trial, Ellison takes the reader down the path his prosecutors took, offering different breakthroughs and revelations for a defining, generational moment of racial reckoning and social justice understanding.

Each chapter of "Break the Wheel" goes spoke-to-spoke along the wheel of the system as Ellison examines the roles of prosecutors, defendants, heads of police unions, judges, activists, legislators, politicians, and media figures, each in his attempt to end this chain of violence and replace it with empathy and shared insight.

Ellison's analysis of George Floyd's life and the rich trial context he provides demonstrates that, while it may seem like an unattainable goal, lasting change and justice can be achieved.

About the Author

Keith Ellison was sworn in as Minnesota's 30th attorney general on January 7, 2019. From 2007 to 2019, he represented Minnesota's 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he championed consumer, worker, environmental, and civil and human rights protections for Minnesotans. He is the proud father of four adult children: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, and Amirah. He is the first African American and the first Muslim American to be elected to statewide office in Minnesota.

About the Conversation Partner

Andrea Young is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. Prior to taking the helm of the statewide affiliate of the ACLU in January 2017, Young was an Adjunct Professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. For many years, she served as executive director at the Andrew J. Young Foundation, producing a nationally-syndicated series of documentary films and other programs on themes of civil and human rights.

Young is the author of "Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me"; co-author of "Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta," and collaborated with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young in writing, editing, and researching "An Easy Burden: Civil Rights and the Transformation of America." She has been recognized nationally for her work as an advocate for civil and human rights.