The Truth, Justice & Reconciliation: Arts and Advocacy Project has restorative justice as its goal; it is a Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation process addressing systemic racism. This year’s focus is on housing in Charlotte, Mecklenburg, and the loss of African American communities through past urban renewal and gentrification today. We will examine the Brooklyn Community and the loss of home ownership, business ownership, and the community connection, which created disparities affecting generations of African Americans, as we work to achieve restorative justice.
The theme of our Arts and Advocacy 2019 Initiative will be “Brooklyn to Biddleville, Then and Now – The Housing Crisis.” This initiative will be a yearlong Arts and Advocacy initiative focusing on racism—specifically the impact of urban renewal/gentrification on African American communities in Charlotte. As such, it fits the goal of building community by bringing people together who are impacted directly and indirectly. All events are designed to inspire, educate, and empower as well as provide tools for advocacy--to create a sustained dialogue about using the arts to educate and engage people about the housing crisis in Charlotte. We will examine the Brooklyn Community in particular and the loss of home ownership, business ownership, and the community connection, which created disparities affecting generations of African Americans. We will conclude our year by making recommendations to our civic leaders regarding systemic change.