[act-ma] 10/15 Shirley Chisholm: Architect of Change (Wed)

Janet janet at communitychangeinc.org
Thu Oct 9 12:31:13 PDT 2008

Community Change Inc.
Brown Bag Anti-Racism Discussion Series 2008
Changing the Public Discourse around Race


October 15, 2008 (Wednesday)
12 noon – 1:30 pm
Community Change Library on Racism
14 Beacon Street, Room 605
Boston MA 02108

Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 presidential campaign was an unprecedented  
accomplishment. This Brown Bag opens with a power point on Shirley, a  
brief presentation of the critical issues of the early ‘70’s,  
followed by the factual documentary, CHISHOLM 72  Unbought &  
Unbossed. During these politically controversial times of corporate  
movements, women’s equal rights issues, and the issues of black  
America and the Vietnam war, Shirley Chisholm rose to the occasion to  
become The Architect and Catalyst of Change in Modern America. We  
will then explore how and why Shirley Chisholm’s groundbreaking,  
glass-ceiling shattering presidential campaign is ignored by the main  
stream media’s discussion of celebrity politics and the current  
presidential race.

Presenter: Joseph Edgecombe, Urban Cultural/Historical-Political  
Architect, is an educational activist scholar, architectural  
historian, technologist, and organizational business practitioner. He  
has participated on urban/sustainable and economic/community  
development committees and conferences in Greater Boston and has also  
traveled doing cultural-documentary research on other cities such as  
Washington DC and Post-Katrina New Orleans Louisiana. He currently  
hosts the website factxcahnge.com. In 2004 his commentary “One  
Hundred All-Time Greatest People of African Dissent” was published in  
NEW AFRICA magazine.

The current public discourse around race assumes that we live in a  
color-blind society where the American Dream is attainable by all  
individuals who work hard enough. This deeply flawed discourse  
obscures the racial disparities in employment, education, criminal  
justice, housing, health care, etc. and provides a powerful but  
faulty rationale for leaving our systems and institutions the way  
they are. The issues presented at the Community Change Brown Bag  
Discussion Series are concrete examples of the structural racism that  
affects the lives of all, most acutely communities of color. The 2008  
Series places these issues in their social/historical context and  
gives attendees a truthful discourse, as well as ways to put that  
discourse into action, in order to challenge institutional and  
systemic racism.

Please bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. $5 contribution  
RSVP (617) 523-0555 or janet at communitychangeinc.org

Community Change, Inc 617-523-0555 www.communitychangeinc.org
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