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Turning Struggle into Opportunity: The Flint Water Crisis

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Babson College

231 Forest Street

Wellesley, MA 02457

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Film Screening & Panel Discussion on the Flint Water Crisis

In November 2018, Melissa Denizard traveled to Flint, MI to film a docuseries about the Flint water crisis.

Join us for a film screening and 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.

Location: Babson College, Olin Graduate School's Winn Auditoirum, 231 Forest St, Babson Park, MA 02457

Dress Code: Casual

This event is sponsored by

  • Babson College's Undergraduate Dean's Office.
  • Babson College's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Babson College's Arts & Humanities Division.
  • Babson College's Lewis Institute.
  • Babson College's Sustainability Club at the Olin Graduate School.

About the Documentary

Through Babson College's Glavin Global Fellows Program, Melissa Denizard traveled to Flint, MI to film a docuseries called, "How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Without Clean Water"; in Flint, she analyzed 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 residents - families, community leaders, and politicians - and 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 20th from 5 - 7 PM 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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