Father of Slain Florida Teen to Discuss Son’s Death, Racial Profiling, Gun Violence after Film
DELAWARE, Ohio – Three-and-a-half minutes after pulling into a Florida gas station – and 10 bullets later – Jordan Davis was dead.
Davis, 17, was caught in a hail of gunfire when Michael Dunn, 45, began shooting into the vehicle Davis was riding in with three friends. The four black teenagers were unarmed.
Dunn, who is white, pulled the trigger after becoming angry over the teens’ loud rap music. After the incident, Dunn fled the scene, ultimately claiming self-defense for the Nov. 23, 2012, shootings.
The incident and its aftermath, including Dunn’s two trials, are the focus of the Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary “3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets.” Ohio Wesleyan University will screen the film Feb. 23 and host an audience talkback with Davis’ father, Ron Davis, who will attend the free community event.
The documentary screening will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Benes Rooms of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The event is being sponsored by the Student Union on Black Awareness (SUBA), Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs (WCSA), Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), and Office of the Vice President for Student Engagement and Success.
In discussing the documentary, director Marc Silver has said he wanted to examine the varying perceptions of Davis in life and death. “I was drawn to Jordan Davis’ story because it appeared to be the perfect storm of racial profiling, access to guns, and laws that give people the confidence to use those guns with no sense of duty to retreat from the situation.”
Since his son’s death, Ron Davis has founded the Jordan Davis Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to “provide financial assistance for the youth of our nation to nurture their curiosity with exposure to cultural initiatives through travel and education.” Learn more about Jordan Davis and about the Foundation at www.walkwithjordan.org/jordan-davis-foundation-inc.
Read more about “3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets” and watch a trailer at www.hbo.com/documentaries/3-1-2-minutes.
Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.