Voices of Crown Heights

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Voices of Crown Heights is a multi-year oral history project that explores the history and future of Crown Heights, a neighborhood that has taken on continued national significance in conversations on ethnic relations, racial justice, and gentrification. Voices of Crown Heights seeks to engage community members in deep listening and conversation concerning their experiences of issues such as education, police accountability, community safety, and civic responsibility. Deep listening means grappling with uncomfortable stories, poignant observations, and opinions one might not agree with.

In partnership with Brooklyn Historical Society, Weeksville Heritage Center and Brooklyn Movement Center will each host a “listening session,” featuring deep listening of oral history selections and facilitated conversation, and an additional public program where community members, activists, and others will be in dialogue about community issues.

Upcoming Events:

Listening Session and Discussion: Stories of Neighborhood ChangeListening Session and Discussion: Stories of Neighborhood Change
Mon, Jun 12, 6:30 pm
Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Among the first casualties of gentrification are stories. Preserving these stories and encouraging "deep listening," the challenge of grappling with uncomfortable stories and diverse opinions, are vital components in preventing the erasure of history. Join us for an oral history listening session and discussion. Excerpts focus on community resilience and Crown Heights' economic, cultural, and spatial change.

Voices of Crown HeightsThe New Crown Heights? A Neighborhood and Its Future
Tue, Jul 18, 6:30 pm
Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
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What historical connections exist between the Crown Heights of today and of its past? What is the future of Crown Heights? This conversation, moderated by MSNBC host and author Joy-Ann Reid, will feature people living and working in Crown Heights and their varied views on neighborhood change and transformation.

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At a time of heightened civic activity - driven in part by dynamic grassroots movements focused on race relations, policing, housing, and immigration - listening has become more critical than ever to American life. And on these national issues, the voices of Crown Heights have a lot to say. As we embark on this listening tour through Crown Heights past and present, what will the voices of Crown Heights have to tell us today?

For more information about Voices of Crown Heights, email oralhistory@brooklynhistory.org.

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All images Copyright © 2015 Alicia Atterberry. See all her beautiful images of Crown Heights on her website Crown Heights in Color.

Voices of Crown Heights is made possible through the generous support of the New York Community Trust, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Nissan Foundation, and Brooklyn Community Foundation in partnership with its Neighborhood Strength Initiative.

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