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From Crisis to Opportunity: how Flint residents are creating social change

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The Lewis Institute at Babson

Olin Hall 240-249

Babson Park, MA 02457

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From Crisis to Opportunity

How Flint residents are creating social change

Melissa Denizard '20 traveled to Flint, MI to film a docuseries about the Flint water crisis.

Join a conversation about wealth inequality, ageism, social justice, grassroots activism, and social entrepreneurship with Melissa and three Flint residents who are moving the city forward:

  • Gina Luster, who is a grassroots organizer and one of the founding members of the Water Warriors and Flint Rising, a grassroots activist group that formed to advocate against and bring attention to the Flint Water Crisis.
  • Joyce Ellis McNeal, an entrepreneur who's working on a startup called Round 2 Education, which is aimed towards bridging the digital divide in Flint, MI; she is also a speaker that talks about the prevalence of ageism and how that creates inequity in social justice movements.
  • Ebonie Gipson, who is a small business consultant that works to provide Flint's small businesses with tangible entrepreneurial skills.


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About the Documentary

Film Screening & Panel Discussion, Feb. 20

Through Babson College's Glavin Global Fellows Program, Melissa Denizard '20 traveled to Flint, MI to film a docuseries called, "How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Without Clean Water," analyzing how and why an American city with a primarily poor Black population was thrust into the Flint Water Crisis. In Flint, Melissa spent time with residentsfamilies, community leaders, and politiciansand interviewed them about their living situation, the city's current socio-political climate, and their thoughts on how the city will move forward from the Flint Water Crisis and decades of poverty. On February 20 from 5-7 p.m. in Winn Auditorium, Melissa will be showcasing her documentary and hosting a panel featuring three of Flint's residents. Along with the great conversation this film will ignite about wealth inequity in the United States, it will also touch upon Flint's opportunity to utilize social entrepreneurship to accumulate wealth.

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