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Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race

by Carl C Anthony New Village Press
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Carl Anthony interweaves urban history, racial justice, and cosmology with personal experiences as an architect/planner, environmentalist, and Black American. By connecting the struggles for social and racial justice to the universe story, it creates new story for out time. 
In this work, Carl Anthony shares his perspectives as an African-American child in post-World War II Philadelphia; a student and civil rights activist in 1960s Harlem; a traveling student of West African architecture; and an architect, planner, and environmental justice advocate in Berkeley. He contextualizes this within American urbanism and human origins, making profoundly personal both African American and American urban histories as well as planetary origins and environmental issues, to not only bring a new worldview to people of color, but to set forth a truly inclusive vision of our shared planetary future. The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race connects the logics behind slavery, community disinvestment, and environmental exploitation to address the most pressing issues of our time in a cohesive and foundational manner. Most books dealing with these topics and periods silo issues apart from one another, but this book contextualizes the connections between social movements and issues, providing tremendous insight into successful movement building. Anthony's rich narrative describes both being at the mercy of racism, urban disinvestment, and environmental injustice as well as fighting against these forces with a variety of strategies. Because this work is both a personal memoir and an exposition of ideas, it will appeal to those who appreciate thoughtful and unique writing on issues of race, including individuals exploring their own African American identity, as well as progressive audiences of organizations and community leaders and professionals interested in democratizing power and advancing equitable policies for low-income communities and historically disenfranchised communities.

FOREWORD by Van JonesINTRODUCTION ORIGINSLewie Taking Harlem Kids to See the Solar Eclipse Third Grade with Mrs. AikensWhat Is Missing in the New Story? The StoryA New Vision for the City PART ONE: MY LIFE AND WORKCHAPTER 1: GROWING UP IN A DYING CITY Getting By in the City Our New Neighborhood Attending an Integrated Elementary SchoolMy Passion for City Planning Walking in the City Driving While Black Navigating Wonder and Shadow Shame Losing Hope Attending Dobbins Vocational School Leaving Home First Exposure to the Segregated SouthCHAPTER 2: FINDING MENTORS Learning to Recognize Resources with Karl Linn A New Appreciation of the Natural World Building Neighborhood Commons A Social Agenda in Architecture Discovering James Baldwin Encountering Lewis Mumford Igniting My Passion for Architectural History Coming of Age in a Segregated City CHAPTER 3: MOVING TO NEW YORK CITYGaining a Sense of Place Joining the Civil Rights Movement Poised on the Racial DivideThe Message of Malcolm X Corresponding with James Baldwin Uncovering the Hidden Narrative of Race My Involvement in Civil Rights Struggles Cultural and Political Inspirations MichauxGÇÖs BookstoreLearning about Ancient AfricaFamily ChangesMeeting Jean Joining the Community Design Movement Creating a Neighborhood Commons in Harlem Partnering with Jean Civil Rights in the News Poised on the Racial DivideCHAPTER 4: COLUMBIA ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLProfessors and Curriculum From the Studio to the StreetsExperimental Professional ProjectsMy Experience at Columbia: A Mixed BagPolitical Leadership in ArchitectureWrapping Up at ColumbiaGrowing Interest in African SettlementsAfter Graduation, Next StepsCHAPTER 5: JOURNEY TO WEST AFRICAStarting the JourneyA BeginnerGÇÖs MindOur ItineraryCommunity Participation in Building Cities of the Middle NigerA Dogon VillageAnthropomorphic Layout of Dogon BuildingsThe Rainy Season in West AfricaInsights about African Architecture and Human SettlementsReflections on Our African TravelsReturn to the StatesCHAPTER 6: DISCOVERING THE HIDDEN NARRATIVE OF RACEThe Place of Africans in Architectural HistoryLooking Back at Slavery TimesThe Plantation as Precursor to IndustrializationAfrican Contributions to American ArchitectureSocial Dimensions of Plantation Architecture CHAPTER 7: TEACHING, RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICEMoving to BerkeleyTeaching at UC Berkeley College of Environmental DesignInfluential Urban-Planning TheoreticiansTracking Innovations in Architecture and PlanningFamily MattersHosting James Baldwin for a MonthAttempting to Introduce New Course Material on the Landscape of FreedomProfessional PracticeFrom Architecture to City PlanningDeindustrialization and Plant Closure ConversionsFinding Meaning in Work PART TWO: FINDING A NEW STORYCHAPTER 8: MY SEARCH FOR A LARGER STORYPlanning the Berkeley Waterfront RedesignFragmentation of the African American CommunityMy Moment of TruthPlaces for PeaceToward a New Story for African AmericansTelling the Story of African Americans CHAPTER 9: DEEP TIME, SLAVERY, AND THE MAKING OF THE MODERN ECONOMIC SYSTEMHuman History Begins in AfricaAncient and Medieval African CulturesDeconstructing EuropeGÇÖs Rise to DominanceThe Columbian Exchange and the Global EconomyCities Shaped by the Atlantic Slave Trade Slavery and the Modern Economic SystemCHAPTER 10: THE LANDSCAPE OF FREEDOMAbolition EmancipationThe Hope of ReconstructionNew Methods of Forced LaborThe Black Agrarian MovementThe Great Migration CHAPTER 11: THE CITY AT THE CROSSROADSThe Racialization of SpaceSuburban Sprawl and Inner-city AbandonmentThe Kerner Commission ReportA Demographic ShiftThe Sustainability RevolutionPART THREE: SOLUTIONSCHAPTER 12: FORGING A NEW ALLIANCE BETWEEN THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS Joining Earth Island InstitutePositioning People of Color in the Environmental MovementCreating the Urban Habitat ProgramProtecting Jobs and the Environment in West BerkeleyThe Environmental Justice MovementThe Race, Poverty and the Environment JournalReaching Out to People-of-Color CommunitiesUnderstanding the Metropolitan RegionTransportation JusticeMilitary Base ConversionsUrban Habitat Leadership InstituteRevisiting AcademiaLeaving Earth IslandForming the Social Equity CaucusLeaving Urban HabitatA New Opportunity for CollaborationNext Steps for the Urban Habitat ProgramCHAPTER 13: LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR A NATIONAL MOVEMENT FOR REGIONAL EQUITYRecruited by the Ford FoundationBack to New YorkFord FoundationGÇÖs Change of DirectionThe Need for a Smart and Equitable Regional PerspectiveA Culture of Collaboration at Ford Grantmaking for the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative (SMCI)Philanthropic OrganizationsRegional Equity AdvocatesAfrican Americans and Other Communities of ColorRegional Equity Demonstration ProjectsCommunity Organizing GroupsCommunity Development Corporations (CDCs)Organized LaborFarm and School AllianceCities Facing AbandonmentSolidifying the Movement: Communications and the Learning CommunityUrbanization as a Global TrendGlobal Climate Change Comes HomeConcluding ThoughtsCHAPTER 14: PLANNING HEALTHY AND JUST COMMUNITIES FOR ALL IN THE AGE OF GLOBAL WARMINGStarting Breakthrough Communities Next StepsOrganizing for Climate Justice in CaliforniaPolitical Opportunity, Mobilizing Structures, and Framing the IssuesDesigning Healthy and Just Communities: the Six Wins CampaignEnding Suburban PovertyCommunity Resilience and Adaptation to Climate ChangeThe Power of Cultural WorkInspiring the Black CommunityConcluding ThoughtsCONCLUSION: DISCOVERING NEW FOUNDATIONS FOR THE GREAT WORK OF OUR TIMEReferencesEndnotes

The Earth, the City and the Hidden Narrative of Race documents an extraordinary journey of passion, learning, and an unrelenting fight for social justice… The earth and its people are inextricably intertwined; the fight for ecological sustainability cannot be won without a serious reckoning with racism, past and present. In spite of the gravity of its subject matter, The Earth, the City and the Hidden Narrative of Race … combines acute political analysis with a zeal for change and improvement.”-African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal
Wainaina $32.31 Mindy Thompson June 2013 9781468308617