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Community as Classroom: Reparations & Housing

JACK and Weeksville Heritage Center present:

Community as Classroom: Reparations & Housing

Part of JACK’s ongoing series, Reparations365

Join us as we envision what role housing has in the repair of hundreds of years of racial trauma. We’ll explore the role housing has played in the past, both in black self-determination efforts like Weeksville, and with suppression and oppression of Black Americans by the government, banks, and corporations. We’ll delve into red-lining of the 1960s through the present-day issue of gentrification. Help co-create proposals for change with people of varied experience, including special guest speakers inaugural Nomura Emerging Artist winner Cameron Rowland, Lead Organizer of Equality for Flatbush Imani Henry, and Weeksville’s Oral History Project Manager Obden Mondésir. Moderated by former JACK Co-Director DeeArah Wright. A reception will follow the collective discussion.

Tours of the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses will be at 2:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm

Reparations365: From Memory To Movement is JACK's ongoing series of performances, workshops and discussions around the topic of distributive justice for Black Americans. Launched in February 2017, the series has so far consisted of 25 public offerings featuring a convergence of scholars, artists and activists. Through the series, participants discover multiple ways to engage with the topic, all with an intention of offering tangible take-ways for participants and a concrete movement

Reparations365 is made possible in part by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



Cameron Rowland’s work critiques legal and economic structures that enforce contemporary life. Rowland was born in Philadelphia, and currently lives and works in Queens, New York. Rowland has had solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Établissement d’en Face, Brussels; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne; Fri Art Kunsthalle, Fribourg, Switzerland; Artists Space, New York; and ESSEX STREET, New York.

Imani Keith Henry is the Founder and Lead Organizer for Equality for Flatbush, a people of color-led, multi-national grassroots organization that does anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification organizing in Flatbush, East Flatbush, and Brooklyn-wide. E4F is also the convening organization of The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network (B.A.N).

Obden Mondesir is the Oral History Manager at Weeksville Heritage Center. He conducts public training, oral history collections, educational outreach, and public programming. He is currently working on an oral history project around Black Owned Restaurants in Central Brooklyn. He is also an adjunct lecturer of archival studies at Queens College.

DeeArah Wright (Moderator) is a Brooklyn-based mama, artist, mover, and collaborative leader. DeeArah is a former Co-Director of JACK, and her approach to activism, facilitation, leadership, and partnerships are informed by over 20 years of experiences and experiments in diverse fields, such as: education, dance and performance, social entrepreneurship, and community engagement. She is currently Director of Education at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and guides the strategy for innovative programming, collaborating with the BCM team and community to power a vision for inclusive and interactive learning experiences rooted in exploration, inquiry, and play.  DeeArah's current adventures also include writing, cooperative initiatives, and development of revolutionary educational framework and philosophy.