If We Can Save the Ship, We Can Save the Town, Africatown, Alabama

Editors Renee Kemp-Rotan and Vickii Howell and community representatives present the report If We Can Save the Ship, We Can Save the Town and discuss key themes and findings.

May 7, 2021

Recorded on May 7, 2021

American Roundtable is an Architectural League initiative, bringing together on-the-ground perspectives on the condition of American communities and what they need to thrive going forward.

This presentation and discussion, captured in the video above, complements the report If We Can Save the Ship, We Can Save the Town on Africatown, Alabama. Report editors Renee Kemp-Rotan and Vickii Howell; Kern Jackson, director of the African American studies program at the University of South Alabama; Darron Patterson, president, Clotilda Descendants Association; Deborah G. Plant, editor of Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”; Natalie S. Robertson, author, The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Making of AfricaTown, USA: Spirit of Our Ancestors; Jason Lewis, founder of VETS (Visualizing Everyone that Serves); Ramsey Sprague, president of the Mobile Environmental Justice Action Coalition (MEJAC); and Joe Womack, director, Africatown~C.H.E.S.S. shared findings and highlights and then discussed some of the report’s key ideas and provocations with American Roundtable Project Director Nicholas Anderson and League Executive Director Rosalie Genevro.

Learn more about the American Roundtable initiative.


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