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East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story – Screening and Discussion
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East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story – Screening and Discussion

Location: 
Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
event date: 
Monday, March 09, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Reception begins at 5:00 pm

Join WTTW, the National Public Housing Museum and award-winning filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon - whose film credits with Ken Burns include The Central Park Five and Jackie Robinson - for a preview and discussion of their upcoming feature-length documentary East Lake Meadow: A Public Housing Story, premiering on WTTW11 on Tuesday, March 24.

In 1970, the Atlanta Housing Authority opened a public housing community called East Lake Meadows on the edge of the city. But as public housing in America was abandoned and stigmatized and a crack wave swept through the neighborhood, East Lake Meadows became nearly uninhabitable. In the mid-1990s, Atlanta bulldozed the housing project to make way for new, mixed-income housing. Through the stories of former residents, the film raises critical questions about concentrated poverty and limited housing opportunity for African Americans, and what can be done to address it. Executive Producer of East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story is Ken Burns.

After the screening, producers Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Dr. Lisa Yun Lee, Executive Director of the National Public Housing Museum and a former resident of Chicago Public Housing, will discuss the film and public housing.

This is a free event; please RSVP.

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