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2017 Black in Design Conference examines where and how design and activism intersect

"During her Sunday presentation, Griffin asked categories of individuals to stand up in the audience.

“I need the black brothers to stand up,” she began.

“I need the women in this room to stand up,” she continued.

“If you are a proud member of the LGBTQ community, I need you to stand up.

“If you are a person who practices a religion that is not Christianity, please stand up.

“If you are a person in this room who lives in this country but was not born in this country, please stand up.”

With nearly the entirety of Piper Auditorium’s audience on their feet, Griffin asked the room to raise their fists, and declared: “You are the people who live in fear in this country every day. You are who the ‘just city’ is for.”"

Black Design Still Matters | Brentin Mock on Citylab

“[The Just City Lab workshop] was perhaps the most technical and hardest work of the conference, the kind of work most of us don't get to do a lot of, because we're often too busy just advocating for being visible,” says Justin G. Moore, executive director of New York City’s Public Design Commission and member of the Black in Design advisory committee. “But I think the conference having that workshop was doing the work of giving people more tools and more skills for how to go back and actually do something.”

GSD's Black in Design conference discusses design as resistance | Audrey Wachs on The Architect's Newspaper

"This weekend, architects, artists, educators, activists, scholars and students convened at Harvard for the second Black in Design Conference: Designing Resistance, Building Coalitions, an event that recognizes the African diaspora’s contributions to the built environment and discusses how designers can dismantle institutional barriers within the profession."

There is a Syllabus for an Urban Design Course on Race and Justice in Harlem | Toni Griffin on Next City

"Rooted in the belief that design can have an impact on the social, cultural and economic equity of cities, the seminar requires students to examine the unresolved issues of race, equity, inclusion, diversity and access in urban communities."