Baltimore County Public Library will hold a free screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary "13th" on Monday.
The 2016 film was directed by Ava DuVernay. It explores the ties between slavery, the current mass incarceration of African Americans and what she explains are the profits of the prison-industrial complex.
"Public libraries are a safe space for conversation and thoughtful discourse on the most challenging topics," said BCPL Adult Services and Programs Administrator Julie Brophy. "Providing the opportunity for our community to view Ava DuVernay's 13th and then talk about issues that impact our county, state and country is an essential function of Baltimore County Public Library's mission."
The screening starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a guided discussion.
Screenings will be held at eight BCPL locations: Arbutus, Loch Raven, North Point, Pikesville, Reisterstown, Rosedale, Towson and Woodlawn.