"Not My Son," a documentary by my colleagues Dwight Cammeron and Ginger Jolly from the University of Alabama Center for Public Television and Radio will be broadcast on Alabama Public Television several times during the month of November. The broadcast premiere of the award-winning documentary will be Tuesday, November 16th at 8:00 p.m. Encore presentations will be on Monday, November 22 at 10:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 23 at 1:00 a.m.
The one hour documentary follows Birmingham’s Carolyn Johnson-Turner and her Parents Against Violence group over the course of several months. According to Johnson-Turner, she will never recover from her son’s death. The Parents Against Violence Foundation was founded on March 1, 2004, by Johnson-Turner as a result of the anguish she experienced when her 20-year old son, Rodreckus DeAndrew Johnson, was shot and killed while attending a birthday party. In order to cope, she and other group members, women who have also lost loved ones to gun violence, are on a personal mission to prevent other deaths. At the same time, their anti-violence activities serve as therapy to deal with their overwhelming grief. Can Johnson-Turner and Parents Against Violence really make a difference?
Alabama Public Television is a nine station network covering the state of Alabama.
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