Neighborhood Matters: The Bay State Banner: Unity, Progress and 50 Years of Advocating Change

Artist Talk, Film Screening, Presentation

Neighborhood Matters: The Bay State Banner: Unity, Progress and 50 Years of Advocating Change

Tue, Nov 07, 2017 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Snell Library 90
Artist Talk, Film Screening, Presentation Tue, Nov 07, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Snell Library 90

Neighborhood Matters: The Bay State Banner: Unity, Progress and 50 Years of Advocating Change
Special Guests:
Tracy Heather Strain, Professor of the Practice, Media & Screen Studies
Derek Lumpkins, Director of Neighborhood Partnerships and Programs

Join us for a lunchtime screening of The Bay State Banner: Unity, Progress and 50 Years of Advocating ChangeThe Bay State Banner is an independent newspaper that has served Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood and African-American community for more than 50 years. The film was produced and directed by CAMD professor Tracy Heather Strain with Randall MacLowryDerek Lumpkins is a creative leader who leverages community and human assets to foster and support innovation, cultural economic development, and social change. Prior to joining Northeastern Crossing, Derek was Executive Director of Discover Roxbury and a Roxbury Correspondent for the Boston Neighborhood News Network.

Neighborhood Matters is a series that celebrates the ways in which community groups have shaped the neighborhoods surrounding the Northeastern campus. This series is co-curated by the Northeastern Center for the Arts and the Archives and Special Collections at the Northeastern University Library. See More At: Neighborhood Matters

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Bay State Banner

Archives and Special Collections at Northeastern University Libraries

The Archives and Special Collections at Northeastern University Libraries houses and carefully curates a diverse collection of historical records relating to Boston’s fight for social justice; preserving the history of Boston’s social movements, including civil & political rights, immigrants rights, homelessness and urban and environmental justice. They focus on the history of Boston’s African American, Asian American, LGBTQ, Latino and other communities, as well as Boston’s public infrastructure, neighborhoods, and natural environments.

The primary source materials they collect and make available are used by the community members, students, faculty, scholars, journalists, and others from across the world as evidence on which histories are built. An understanding of the past can help inspire the next generation of of leaders to fight for economic, political, and social rights.

Location

Snell Library 90

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Tracy Heather Strain

Professor of the Practice, Media & Screen Studies

Tracy Heather Strain’s teaching focuses on documentary storytelling, production management and history. She is an award-winning filmmaker and film/video director, producer, writer and consultant with over 28 years of experience. Her latest broadcast documentary, “The Mine Wars” AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, for which she served as coordinating producer, tells the story of West Virginia coal miners’ uprisings in the early 20th century, and will air on PBS early 2016. Emerging technologies in the service of storytelling, production management and education—interactive documentary storytelling, online media and interdisciplinary humanities course development are particular interests.

Professor Strain is currently producing Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, a feature documentary about the late playwright Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun), a key component of her multiplatform initiative focused on fostering artistic expression, empowering activists, supporting healthy identity development and promoting academic achievement through media stories about the life, art and times of Hansberry. She is President and CEO of Fort Point Channel-based media company, The Film Posse, which she runs with husband/partner Randall MacLowry.

Professor Strain received her EdM in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard University.

For more information, visit thefilmposse.com.

Derek Lumpkins

Director of Neighborhood Partnerships and Programs

Derek Lumpkins is the inaugural Director of Neighborhood Partnerships and Programs at Northeastern Crossing, a dedicated venue for exchanges between Boston residents and the Northeastern University community through programming that fosters dialog, creative collaborations, and new connections. As the Director, Derek develops opportunities for the off-campus and on-campus communities to communicate, collaborate, and develop new professional and social networks. He also works with individuals to leverage common assets and resources for the development of a more sustainable and equitable community ecosystem.

Derek joined Northeastern University in June 2015 after five years as the Executive Director of Discover Roxbury, an organization that promoted the arts, culture, and history of the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury. He has also conducted presentations about community engagement and socially-minded leadership for classes at Simmons College, Harvard University, and Boston University, as well as at the International Town Gown Association conference in Chicago. Derek has also made appearances in The Boston Globe and on CityLine, Chronicle, Basic Black and the Callie Crossley Show.