Race and Place: Architectures of Segregation and Liberation Exhibit

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Groundswell installed “Race and Place: Architectures of Segregation and Liberation (AoS/AoL),” an exhibition in the main lobby of the City College of San Francisco Mission Campus (March 14-August 4, 2016).

AoS/AoL examined 500 years of spatial injustice in the area between Canada and Mexico, known now as the United States mainland. Through photographs, artifacts, and literary text, the exhibition addressed conquest, slavery, incarceration, legal restrictions, public and private practices, and economic inequities that have enforced racial segregation. AoS/AoL also documented ongoing resistance, which has included multiple strategies: armed struggle and escape; protest and direct action; grassroots organizing and legal action; cultural work and cultural preservation.

The exhibition specifically focused on reservations, plantation slavery, Jim Crow, Japanese internment camps, suburbs and freeways, redlining, racial covenants, urban renewal, gentrification, and the resistance struggles that liberate space and people's lives.

Special programming linked to the exhibition:

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Lecture by USF journalism professor Teresa Moore on civil rights activist and journalist Ethel Payne.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Teach-in on gentrification, featuring artist and lecturer Yolanda Lopez; community housing activists, faculty, and students.

March 14 – June 30, 2016
CCSF Mission Campus, 1125 Valencia

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