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2021 Martin Luther King Event: A Conversation with Sean Ellis

February 10, 2021 from 3:00 pm4:30 pm

Please join us for the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event at Massasoit Community College.

The Netflix documentary Trial 4 follows the case of Sean Ellis who was charged in 1993 of the murder of a Boston police officer. Mr. Ellis has maintained his innocence; while fighting for his freedom, he has brought to light issues of systemic racism. Join us to learn about the advocacy that Mr. Ellis has done related to statewide policy changes around criminal justice reform as well as the importance of allyship and perseverance.

Mr. Ellis will be joined by Attorneys Rosemary Scapicchio & Jillise McDonough.

The event is FREE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, and will be held virtually via Zoom.
Attendees are asked to please register in advance.

Trial 4 Screenings:

Join us for a screening of the documentary Trial 4, which tells the story of our speaker Sean Ellis. Each screening will cover two episodes of the documentary. All sessions will use the same Zoom link: Trial 4 Screenings

February 3   |   3:00 – 5:00 pm
Chapter 1 – Execution-Style Murder (52m): In 1993, the execution-style killing of a Boston police officer sets off a frantic citywide search for suspects.

Chapter 2 – Usual Suspects (56m): Police home in on a suspect, a 19-year-old named Sean Ellis. Boston journalists and cops recall another murder case that fanned racial tensions.

February 4   |   3:00 – 5:00 pm
Chapter 3 – Three Trials (58m): As Ellis and his lawyers recount his first jury trial, former jurors share their decision processes. A witness’s statements are put to the test.

Chapter 4 – Badge of Shame (54m): Journalists expose corruption in the Boston Police Department, inspiring Ellis to seek a new trial and perhaps a new lawyer.

February 5   |   3:00 – 5:00 pm
Chapter 5 – Hidden Link (54m): Ellis’s attorney, Rosemary Scapicchio, remains dogged in her pursuit of the missing documents that may hold the key to her client getting a new trial.

Chapter 6 – A Taste of Freedom (54m): Knowing it’s his last chance, Ellis nervously prepares for a fourth murder trial. Also, an investigator searches for an old witness.

February 8   |   3:00 – 5:00 pm
Chapter 7 – Black Irish: As the voters of Suffolk County prepare to elect their next district attorney, Scapicchio digs into who funded the reward for Ellis’ conviction.

Chapter 8 – Worst Case Scenario (52m): The election of a new district attorney gives Ellis reason to hope. Later, a hush-hush press conference puts everyone on edge.

Sponsored by: the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Year of Social Justice; the Massasoit Film Society; and Massasoit Libraries.

Accommodation Statement

Massasoit Community College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions related to access for this event, please contact Yolanda Dennis in advance of your participation or visit.


February 10, 2021
3:00 pm–4:30 pm
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Office of Diversity & Inclusion