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Screening: Burning Greed

Burning Greed: Arson, Profit and Murder in the Fenway

Special Guests: Producer Sonia Weinhaus, Live Lobster Group and Mel King, Civil Rights Leader

A film about greed, corruption and the brave group of community activists determined to save their neighborhood in the Fenway and themselves. Their hard work revealed a pattern in the fires and it was enough to convince the state to prosecute and eventually convict 32 men in what was the largest and most complex arson for profit ring in the country.

Sonia Weinhaus (producer and director) and Seth Bender (editor) have many years of experience in the nonfiction television and film industry in Boston, MA.  They have each worked on shows for major networks like the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and PBS.  Their latest collaboration, the historical documentary titled “Burning Greed”, tells the story of arson for profit that was tearing a local neighborhood apart. Weinhaus is a graduate of Bowdoin College (ME), where she studied physics and American government.

Neighborhood Matters is a lunchtime 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.

Lunch will be served.

Partner: Northeastern Center for the Arts and Archives and Special Collections, Northeastern Libraries

Part of the Neighborhood Matters Screening Series

Mel King

Mel King was born and still resides in Boston’s South End. He has been a teacher and youth worker. He served as a State Representative for 10 years. His historic Boston mayoral campaign in 1983 launched the local and national Rainbow Coalitions. He founded the Community Fellows Program at MIT Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, where he was Adjunct Professor for 25 years. The Mel King Institute of Community Building was launched in 2009 in honor of the major role he has played the community development movement. Mel is the author of Chain of Change and co-editor (with James Jennings) of From Access to Power: Black Politics In Boston. He continues to direct the South End Technology Center at Tent City.Mel was recently named as the inaugural winner of the Edward J. Blakely Award, presented by the Planners of Color Interest Group of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning for his extraordinary service towards greater social justice in urban planning and development for communities of color.

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 community members, students, faculty, scholars, journalists, and others from across the world as the evidence on which histories are built. An understanding of the past can help inspire the next generation of leaders to fight for economic, political, and social rights.