Shirley Chisholm: The Person and the Park

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Join us on Friday, December 6th for our upcoming Breakfast Talk, "Shirley Chisholm: The Person and the Park," as we explore the history and legacy of Shirley Chisholm in the context of the new waterfront Shirley Chisholm State Park in East New York. Given all of the activities surrounding the Congresswoman from the opening of the new state park to marking the 50th anniversary of her becoming the first African-American woman in Congress, 2019 offers an important moment to learn more about Chisholm herself and the ways in which our community keeps her history alive. Panel participants will speak about the unique transformation and development of the Fountain Avenue landfill into the Shirley Chisholm State Park.

Shola Lynch is an award-winning American Filmmaker best known for the feature documentary FREE ANGELA & All Political Prisoners and the Peabody Award winning documentary CHISHOLM ’72: Unbought & Unbossed. Her independent film body of work and her other collaborative projects feed her passion to bring history alive with captivating stories of people, places and events. Since 2013 she has also served as the Curator of the Moving Image & Recorded Sound division of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Leslie Wright is the New York City Director at New York State Parks, where she oversees the eight NYS parks in New York City, including the newest state park, the Shirley Chisholm State Park. With Governor Cuomo’s Parks 2020 program, Wright executed unprecedented capital improvements to the state parks in NYC while also developing new programming and public - private partnerships such as with Major League Baseball, Bronx Children’s Museum, and Bike New York. In addition, Wright has been responsible for implementing Governor Cuomo’s Vital Brooklyn Initiative to create and enhance public open space in central Brooklyn, including the creation of Shirley Chisholm State Park, eight new community playgrounds, and capital improvements to 22 community gardens and four recreation centers. Prior to joining NYS Parks in 2014, Wright practiced law in both the public and private sectors. From 2007 to 2011, Wright led land conservation planning and acquisition as the New York State Director at The Trust for Public Land. Wright holds a JD from Brooklyn Law School, an M.A. in Chinese Literature from the University of Michigan, and has very happily resided in Brooklyn for 30 years — next to a park.

Nathan Kensinger is a photographer, filmmaker, artist and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. His work explores hidden urban landscapes, off-limits industrial structures, unnatural waterways, environmental disaster zones and other liminal spaces. He has been documenting New York City’s changing waterfront for the past decade, in an ongoing series of photo essays published every two weeks. His photographs have been exhibited by the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and in numerous galleries.

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