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Mar 22 2021 Event /

Engaging Black People and Power

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Online via Zoom


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Created by Jay Pitter in collaboration with students and scholars in York University’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, this publication highlights engagement practice and policy approaches for addressing spatialized anti-Blackness in cities across North America. The publication and related graduate course were spurred by the public execution of George Floyd, and draws on the seminal scholarship and ancestral example of W.E.B. Du Bois. It features ten case studies, policy expert roundtable discussion highlights, practical templates and recommendations.

This powerful resource provides urbanists, community organizations, scholars, students and policy experts with insights that transform recent and long-standing conversations toward action. The launch event agenda is as follows:

Dignitary Opening Remarks:
Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament will deliver opening remarks

Fireside chat between Jay Pitter and Anthony Taylor:
Minneapolis-based Metropolitan Parks and Open Space commissioner and cycling advocate who has led numerous placemaking projects in his community, including the site where George Floyd was murdered.

Living Legacy Tribute to Mitchell Silver:
New York City Parks Department commissioner and award-winning urban planner who is a beloved urbanism leader and advocate for equitable urbanism.

Moment of Silence for Darryl Gaston:
Charlotte-based Black pastor and urbanist featured in the publication who recently passed away.

Musical Interlude by Sam Carter-Shamai:
Engaging Black People and Power Playlist curated by this Toronto-based urban planner and music enthusiast.

The event will feature remarks from other dignitaries, partners and students.

For more information about Jay Pitter: http://www.jaypitter.com/