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Media Advisory

Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum holds "A Right to the City: The Past & Future of Urban Equity" symposium

WHAT: The Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum presents "A Right to the City: The Past & Future of Urban Equity," a symposium on gentrification and citizen activism held in connection with the exhibition, "A Right to the City" on six DC neighborhoods.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
10 a.m. — 6:30 p.m., 8:45 a.m. media check-in

WHERE: Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place S.E.
Washington, DC

WHo: Lisa Sasaki, Interim Director, Anacostia Community Museum
Samir Meghelli, Chief Curator, Anacostia Community Museum
Scott Kurashige, Professor, University of Washington Bothell (Keynote)
Dekonti Mends-Cole, Vice President (Mid-Atlantic), JP Morgan Chase, (Summary)

NOTE: The event is booked to capacity with some limited space for media who confirm attendance on first come basis at 202.633.4876 or

More than half of the world's population live in cities for the first time in human history; this unprecedented rate of urbanization has presented major challenges for communities across the nation trying to achieve sustained and equitable growth. This symposium has assembled local and national scholars, organizers/activists, nonprofit leaders and others to participate in timely conversations about the history, present and future of community change.

The event includes three panels: 1) From Urban Renewal to Gentrification: Planning, Housing and Neighborhood Change 2) Neighborhood Power: Organizing in the Aftermath of Civil Rights and 3) Facing the Future: Working Toward Equity in our Cities. Panel participants are: Kimberly Johnson and Diane Wong, New York University; Howard Gillette, Rutgers University and Judge Victoria Pratt, Rutgers Law School (NJ); Gloria Bruce, East Bay Housing Organizations (CA); Amanda Alexander, Detroit Justice Center; David Freund and Nancy Mirabal, University of Maryland; Gregory Squires, George Washington University; Amanda Huron, University of the District of Columbia; Rosemary Ndubuizu, Georgetown University; Ramon Jacobson, Local Initiatives Support Corp DC; Dominic Moulden, Organizing Neighborhood Equity; and Tanvi Misra, City Lab-The Atlantic (DC). View schedule at

Media RSVP:
Marcia Baird Burris (202) 633-4876; (202) 320-1735 (cell)

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