BBDP Fall Presentations at Community Change

Posted: December 3, 2013 by Donna Bivens in Uncategorized

This fall,  BBDP has had several opportunities to participate in the  historical reflection that surrounds us as the nation marks significant anniversaries of the ongoing struggle for race and class equity. Community Change Inc. sponsored two programs that BBDP was part of.

The first featured journalist Gary Younge whose recent book The Speech tells the behind the scenes story of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” given at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 50 years ago this year. The book discusses the problem of oversimplifying the words and context of the speech and the march and gives insight that is very helpful for those seeking not to make the same mistake about our current reality.

Gary is a fabulous story-teller and his fascinating talk resonated deeply with BBDP’s quest to gather the complex and diverse personal stories and collective histories that make the upcoming anniversary of Boston’s busing/desegregation crisis so vital. Donna shared connections to BBDP as part of the responding panel.

Also , Meghan and Donna ended up unexpectedly leading a discussion about BBDP at a Community Change Inc Brown Bag lunch.  In a first for us, the event was streamed live and at least one Learning Network member tuned in!



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