Publication Launch: Engaging Black People & Power
As the lead partner in the Engaging Black People & Power publication, the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University is honoured to collaborate with alumna Jay Pitter as she sets a course for a more just and sustainable future. As part of her York homecoming, Jay is inspiring students and faculty to address anti-Blackness in urban planning practice.
Join us on March 22 from 12-1:15 p.m. EST for a special online event to celebrate the publication launch of Engaging Black People & Power hosted in collaboration with the Canadian Urban Institute.
The online event will feature remarks from dignitaries, partners and students including:
• Dignitary opening remarks delivered by Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament and Alice Hovorka, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change, York University.
• 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 the late Darryl Gaston, Charlotte-based Black pastor and urbanist featured in the publication.
• Musical Interlude by Sam Carter-Shamai, Toronto-based urban planner and music enthusiast who curated the Engaging Black People and Power Playlist.
More about the publication Engaging Black People & Power
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 draw on the seminal scholarship and ancestral example of W.E.B. Du Bois. The publication features 10 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.
For more information about Jay Pitter: jaypitter.com