Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council & the DuSable Museum of African American History
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This event is part of "Equity in Action: A Conversation Series," a dynamic lineup of public events exploring the interlocking issues that define and shape our racial and economic realities.
While cities across the United States have been implementing environmental policies that have led to the rapid growth of green spaces—parks, community gardens, wilderness areas and urban agriculture—public spaces remain contested ground. Many green spaces are often as segregated as our cities, with the barriers keeping black and brown residents from accessing public space being both visible and invisible. As planners, businesspeople, city leaders, policymakers, and residents, how can we confront the legacies of violence and exclusion, support and empower those directly affected, and create safe and accessible places that offer social, economic, and recreational opportunities for all? Join us for a conversation about the disproportionate lack of access to environmental goods and how to ensure the right of every community to not only use, but co-create public spaces.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6 p.m., with time to mingle before and after. The cost of the event is $15 for members of the general public and $12 for MPC Donors. Admission includes snacks, soft drinks, wine and beer.
If you have any additional questions or need special accommodations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Equity in Action" Conversation Series
Aided by more than 100 advisors, the Metropolitan Planning Council, in May 2018, released a roadmap for a more racially equitable Chicago region. As we continue working closely with partners to implement the two dozen recommendations in the roadmap, we reflect on one of our biggest learnings from this journey: the value of creating and elevating public dialogue on the interlocking issues that define and shape our racial and economic realities. MPC and partners present Equity in Action: A Conversation Series—a dynamic lineup of public events to celebrate progress, examine issues, and hold ourselves accountable for advancing the change that’s needed. For more information, click here.
About the DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum of African American History—located in the historic Hyde Park area of Chicago in Washington Park—unites art, history and culture. Founded in 1961 by teacher and art historian Dr. Margaret Burroughs and other leading Chicago citizens, the DuSable Museum is one of the few independent institutions of its kind in the United States. It remains a community institution dedicated to serving the cultural and educational needs of Chicagoans.
About Lake Forest College
Lake Forest College is a private liberal arts college, located just 30 miles north of Chicago. This event is a a part of the Metropolitan Planning Council's developing partnership with Lake Forest College, as part of its “Humanities 2020” project. The project—which is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—aims to help students and faculty contribute to local museum exhibits, work on social justice initiatives and develop public programming related to race relations in Chicago.
About the Newberry Library
The Newberry, open to the public without charge, is an independent research library dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, especially in the humanities. The Newberry acquires and preserves a broad array of special collections research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas. It promotes and provides for their effective use, fostering research, teaching, publication, and life-long learning, as well as civic engagement.
About Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots
Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots
is a year-long initiative to heighten the 1919 Chicago race riots in the city’s collective memory, engaging Chicagoans in public conversations about the legacy of the most violent week in Chicago history. Funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities "Community Conversations" grant, the project is being coordinated by the Newberry Library in partnership with 13 other Chicago institutions. Chicago 1919 aims to address difficult history, to come together in recognition and reconciliation, and to imagine possible ways forward.
Sponsorship opportunities for this conversation series and specific event are available!
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