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Black Land Matters Symposium

June 14 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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June 14
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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City of Austin
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Our local government system for the City of Austin.

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Black Land Matters
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Housing/Land Use, Equality/Justice, Policy/Government
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On behalf of the City of Austin’s Housing Department, and support from Economic Development, we invite you to attend the Black Land Matters Symposium on June 14, 2024. The event will take place in the Shudde Fath Conference Room at the Austin Energy Headquarters in Austin, Texas, and will be followed by a Reception with light refreshments.

We are excited to announce our featured speakers Shirley Sherrod of New Communities Inc., and Natalie Baszile, author and writer of Queen Sugar, along with community voices and local leaders, including Jennifer Sanders (KXAN), David Gray (City of Austin), Nefertitti Jackmon (City of Austin), and Javier Wallace (Black Austin Tours).

The goal of the symposium is to demonstrate the interconnectedness of housing with other disciplines and industries, but at the foundation of this event, is re-centering the value of landownership in African American communities as a stabilizing force to promote self-determination and cultural sustainability.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.


2:00 p.m. – Event Opens

2:20 p.m. – Introduction from the City of Austin Housing Department

2:30 p.m. – Displacement Prevention – Taxes, Titles & Wills to Protect Your Family Home

3:15 p.m. – The Power of Narrative to Elevate the Histories and Catapult the Current Challenges of Land Loss into the National Conversation

4:20 p.m. – Understanding the Historic Origins of Community Land Trusts and the Promises that Organizers Hoped to Achieve

5:20 p.m. – Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m. – Reception with light refreshments


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Austin, Texas 78723
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