Community Conversation Launches Around Links Between Black Identity and Economic Development

On Wednesday, 25 March, over 120 people gathered at John Eager Howard Recreation Center for a screening and panel discussion event, the first in a series organized by New Lens exploring Black identity, wealth and bridging divides in community called "Blackonomics."

 "When New Lens began this project, we asked people to describe the Black community and repeatedly we heard the word 'broken,'" shared David Blair, Advocacy Co-leader of New Lens. "This first event set out to grapple with whether this is true, and if it is, what it means to heal and build a thriving community."

 The documentary short film addressed healing from the history of slavery and ongoing racism, what hinders love in community and what helps people overcome these challenges to build thriving community.

"I think about this stuff all the time and I don't have a place to talk about it." stated Lateral Mason in her comments to the panel. Other participants shared that they learned that others are interested in healing racism and that "people like me are out here." 

The next event in the Blackonomics series will build on the conversation to focus on alternative economic systems, a date is to be announced. Connect with New Lens on Facebook to learn about upcoming events: