Monday, October 17, 2011

Crown Heights, Riots, Gentrification: Some Fresh Takes on the Usual Topics

I thought this video from City Limits reporter Rae Gomes did a nice job of capturing some of the ever-present local issues through local artist voices. Also, for those who are still thinking about the Crown Heights Riot, Medgar Evers College and the Brooklyn Historical Society are co-hosting "Streets of Rage," this Sunday at Medgar's auditorium on Bedford from 2pm - 5pm (more info below):

2:00-5:00 p.m.
This event is free and takes place at Medgar Evers College, Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Avenue
Listen as historians and community members respond to oral history interviews with Crown Heights residents recorded in the 1990s and 2010. What’s changed? What’s stayed the same? The panel will include the following guests: co-curators of the Crown Heights History Project, 1993-1994 Craig Wilder, professor of American History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn, and Jill Vexler, anthropologist and curator of exhibitions about cultural identity and social history; Dexter Wimberly, curator of the Crown Heights Goldexhibition at the Skylight Gallery (July 28-Oct 31, 2011); Rabbi Eli Cohen, Executive Director of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council; and Alex Kelly, organizer of Crown Heights Oral History - Listen To This, and the student interview team from Paul Robeson High School. This program is co-sponsored by the Center for Women's Development and the President’s Office at Medgar Evers College. This event is free and open to the public.
This event is part of Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, a public programming series and oral history project about mixed-heritage families, race, ethnicity, culture, and identity, infused with historical perspective. This project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York Council for the Humanities, Two Trees Management, Brooklyn Brewery, Sweet ’N Low Division of Cumberland Packing, and Con Edison.

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