"Emerald Garner has fought tirelessly for justice for her father Eric Garner. Her Story is one that needs to be heard." —Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Civil Rights Leader, Founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Join us for a live recording of Perspectives on Justice with host Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. on Thursday, December 1, 2022 for a riveting conversation with author Emerald Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, and her co-author, veteran NBA basketball player Etan Thomas, as they discuss Garner’s new book, “Finding my Voice: On Grieving My Father, Eric Garner, and Pushing for Justice” -------about how the public "police killing" of Eric Garner, an unarmed African American man, on July 17, 2014 shaped their personal perspectives on justice.
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In this unforgettable memoir, Emerald Garner recounts her father's cruel and unjust murder, the immense pain that followed, the pressures of an exploitative media, and her difficult yet determined journey as an activist against police violence.
She begins with the morning of July 17, 2014—a rare day off from work, one she had hoped to enjoy with rest and family, that quickly turned her world inside out. What follows is a personal account of the suffering Emerald and her family endured: unsympathetic camera lenses, the stares and whispers of strangers, and the inability to mourn in private.
In addition to these vulnerable, personal essays, Finding My Voice includes conversations in which Emerald found inspiration, empathy, and community: with politicians, athletes, and activists like Brian Benjamin and Etan Thomas; with others surviving similarly unfathomable grief like Lora Dene King, Angelique Kearse, and Pamela Brooks; and with Emerald’s own family, Mrs. Esaw Garner and Eric Garner Jr. The book ends with a powerful call-to-action by author and daughter of Malcolm X, Ilyasah Shabazz.
As calls for radical transformation and accountability grow, Emerald Garner’s memoir is a story of family and community, and the strength it takes to survive, to stand, to speak.