Voices of Crown Heights

Voices of Crown Heights (2016-2017) is an 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 each hosted a “listening session,” featuring deep listening of oral history selections and facilitated conversation, and an additional public program where community members, activists, and others were in dialogue about community issues.

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.

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

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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