[ PARTICIPATE ] in SAY THEIR NAMES
To participate in the SAY THEIR NAMES online video installation, download the video instructions and list of names of Black persons killed by law enforcement in the United States since 1919. Using your smart phone or other device, video record yourself saying the name, age, race, and time, place, and manner of death of one person. Choose a location for your background and record your video in landscape mode. Be aware that excessive background sound may make your voice inaudible. Speak loudly, clearly, and at a moderate speed. Additional notes may be found with the video instruction document.
If you would like to read more than one name, please record each in a separate file. If you are able, please edit your video as you would like it to be presented. (See the sample videos on the Individual Video Readings page.) If you would like us to edit your video please let us know in the form.
Then, fill out this FORM. You will receive an email reply with a link to upload your video. Most fields are required, though you may remain anonymous and opt out of receiving future emails from us. You must include your email so that we can send you the upload link and check the release box in order for us to include your video in NON:onLINE and as part of the SAY THEIR NAMES online video installation.
Demographic questions are optional and encouraged. We ask for this information to help us create diversity among the readers and to allow viewers of the completed installation to customize their viewing experience. And it will be helpful for us as we apply for funding to support this and other programs in The Memory Project.
Ron Browne—one of the original Blood Lines readers—is building a database of Black persons killed by law enforcement since 1919. This installation will manifest in the coming months and will grow as more and more names are added to the database. If you would like to find out more about the SAY THEIR NAMES project, contribute to this database, or assist Ron with this important research, please contact us at non [at] nonopera [dot] org. Once this database is posted you may select and record yourself reading names from this list. Compensation for participation is the same as for the Blood Lines project.
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Contributors will be compensated for each reading included in the SAY THEIR NAMES video installation at $5 per video, with five ($25) being the maximum per contributor. You may choose to receive your honorarium directly (via Zelle or PayPal), donate your honorarium back to NON:op to support this and other participatory programs, or have your honorarium donated to Black Lives Matter or another non-profit organization. (See the participation form for details.)
Video readings will be reviewed by NON:op and selected for the SAY THEIR NAMES video installation based on the following criteria:
– Audio and video are understandable and clear.
– Audio and video do NOT contain profanity or hate speech.
Additionally, videos will be selected based on insuring a diversity of readers with a maximum of five readings per name and not more than five submissions per reader.
Because SAY THEIR NAMES is an ongoing project, there is no deadline for video submission and we will continue to add names to the list well into 2021 and beyond. We will post individual video readings to the SAY THEIR NAMES Installation page periodically, and we are developing a live online manifestation of the project in 2021.
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Black Persons Killed by Law Enforcement in the United States Since 1919
In developing a comprehensive list of those killed by police brutality, first we have identified more than 2,100 cases across the United States in just the last five years. Our goal is to identify as many such cases as we can dating from 1919 through the present, connecting the Red Summer of 1919 to present time. We will be reporting those who have been killed by police from the most recent killings and adding the older cases as our research progresses. First priority will be given for cases that have taken place in Illinois. We use as many sources as we can in deciding which cases to cite, including internet news sources, websites of educational institutions, and public library microfiche records.
Specifically, Google.com and Wikipedia.com will be used to identify cases and serve to provide links to other sources of information. A large portion of our database up to this point was obtained through washingtonpost.com; chicagotribune.com; suntimes.com; and other news media websites depending on location. Each reported case is examined against certain criteria as our focus for this project is on those who have been clear innocent victims of police brutality, such as those with no drawn active weapons or not in active pursuit of unlawful actions or other complexities. Because we vet each case as thoroughly as we can, the most recent incidents may take some time to appear on our public website list.
We understand that not all cases have been reported in the media and in that path of collecting the most comprehensive list, we invite everyone to collaborate with us. If you know of a person that should be considered for inclusion please provide us with the person’s name and any details you can provide, such as the victim’s age, gender, date of police crime against them, city, and state of incident, including a specific address if known, a brief description of the killing, weapon used, and a brief biography of the victim, including a photograph if available.
If you have information you would like to share, or if you would like to participate in our research, please contact Ron Browne at email@example.com
|Name||Gender||Age||Date||City||State||Cause of Death||Readings|
|Shereese Francis||Female||30||3/15/2012||New York||NY||suffocated by police||0|
|Wendell Allen||Male||20||3/7/2012||New Orleans||LA||Gunshot||0|
|Manuel Loggins, Jr.||Male||31||2/7/2012||San Clemente||CA||Gunshot||0|
|Alberta Spruill||Female||57||5/16/2003||New York||NY||heart attack/police-induced trauma||0|
|Kayla Moore||Fem?ale||41||2/12/2003||Berkeley||CA||died in police custody||0|
|Amadou Diallo||Male||23||2/4/1999||New York||NY||multiple gunshots||0|
|Frankie Anne Perkins||Female||37||3/22/1997||Chicago||IL||killed in police custody||0|
|Edmund Perry||Male||17||6/12/1985||New York||NY||Gunshot||0|
|Eleanor Bumpurs||Female||66||10/29/1984||New York||NY||Gunshot||0|
|Randolph Evans||Male||15||11/25/1976||New York||NY||Gunshot||0|