This Saturday: Films, Food and Conversation about Community Power

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Come celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy  at Dillard University’s Cook Fine Arts Center (2601 Gentilly Blvd).  Watch 4 films about how neighborhoods across the nation are reclaiming control over their communities, followed by conversations about community power in New Orleans.

Fit for a King Community Power Day is free and open to the public.

10:00-10:15 AM– Introductions

10:30-11:30 AM– Concurrent screenings (click to learn more about the films)
1. Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street retells the story of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston, a neighborhood group that organized effectively to provide a community based approach to urban renewal.
2. Homes and Hands: Community Land Trusts in Action features three community land trusts that have addressed needs for affordable housing, maintaining housing affordability, and who have worked with the concept of co-operative housing.
3. Third Ward TX spotlights Project Rowhouses in Houston’s Third Ward, where artists and organizers have worked to connect art, culture, and history to community needs like affordable housing.
4. Some Place Like Home, a documentary recently produced by the Brooklyn group Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), is “about a community’s fight to save its neighborhood and have a voice in planning its future” and addresses gentrification in downtown Brooklyn.

11:30-12:30 PM– Lunch from Stewart’s Diner (cash only, click for menu)

12:45-1:45 PM– Concurrent conversations about the films and community power in New Orleans

2:00-3:30 PM– Special presentation of Broderick Webb and Edward Holub’s film, Cut Off: It’s not about the buildings. It’s about the people, which explores the issue of public housing demolition in New Orleans and ties the recent demolitions to global trends. A panel will follow the screening.

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