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VIRTUAL TALK: “The Holly” with Julian Rubenstein
August 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood
It was the last evening of summer in 2013. Five shots rang out in the Holly, a part of northeast Denver. African American families fleeing the Jim Crow South had settled in this area, which, over time, become the “invisible city” within a historically white metropolis. Shootings weren’t uncommon in the Holly. But the identity of the shooter that night came as a total shock. Terrance Roberts was a revered anti-gang activist. He worked to bring peace, not violence, to his community. So why had he just fired a gun? Award-winning, Denver-based journalist Julian Rubinstein reconstructs the events that left a local gang member paralyzed and Roberts facing the possibility of life in prison. But The Holly is much more than a crime story. It’s a multigenerational saga of race and politics that runs from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. Its cast includes billionaires, elected officials, cops, developers, and street kids. It explores the porous boundaries between a city’s elites and its most disadvantaged citizens. It also probes the fraught relationships between police, confidential informants, activists, gang members, and ex–gang members as they struggle to put their pasts behind them. When Roberts goes on trial, the city’s fault lines are fully exposed. To put it bluntly, there’s a lot at stake.
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