People, Power, and Place: A History of Organizing and Movement Building


May 5, 2020
4:30pm - 7:30pm
May 19, 2020
5:30pm - 7:30pm
June 2, 2020
5:30pm - 7:30pm


Dewitt Center
122 Dewitt Dr
Roxbury, MA 02120


If you are a Public Housing Resident and would like to attend this training series, please contact Fehintola Abioye at to be regsitered for free.

There is a rich history of organizing around issues that affect low income people and people of color -specifically Black people in Greater Boston. From the powerful movement that stopped the extension of the ten-lane I-95 highway tan extensive urban renewal effort that destroyed many communities, and the formation of the community development industry, Greater Boston contains a wealth of knowledge from the past on how we can organize around similar issues we face in the present. 

Join the Mel King Institute and Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) as we explore the history of community organizing and major events that have taken place in Greater Boston. During this three-part series we’ll address topics such as redlining, the Community Reinvestment Act, the 2008 Foreclosure Crisis, explore the role of tenants' rights, the repeal of rent control, and our state's public housing history.

Participants will be able to:

  • Learn from people who were change makers and on the front lines of major historic events
  • Engage in exercises that will help conceptualize how organizers, residents, and allies built power and overcame challenges
  • Apply lessons to their current work and on how to move forward to address present issues

We encourage you to attend all the workshops to get a full breadth of knowledge on these topicsand the full context of all major events. There is also an opportunity to attend a specific workshop of your choice that interests you. Each session will cover the following: 

  • Workshop I - May 5, 2020; 4:30pm – 7:30pm 

Learn about the movement that brought many leaders throughout Greater Boston together to stop the extension of the I-95 Highway and the formation of the Community Reinvestment Coalition in order to stop racial discrimination in mortgage lending. The workshop will feature speakers including Karilyn Crockett, author of People vs. Highways, Jarred Johnson, Transit Matters, and organizers from MAHA.

  • Workshop II - May 19, 2020; 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Learn about Boston’s Tenants Rights activism from the 19070s – 1990s, the repeal of rent control laws, and the work of people who fought for public housing tenants’ rights. The workshop will feature speakers including Doris Bunte, former Director of Boston Housing Authority and public housing resident leaders from Greater Boston. 

  • Workshop III - June 2, 2020; 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Learn about the foreclosure crisis that occurred on 2007-2013 and how people organized locally, statewide, and nationally to address the issue. In addition, gain perspective on how organizations are working to increase funding for affordable housing today. The workshop will feature speakers including representatives from the HERO Coalition and City Life Vida Urbana. 

Each Training will be held at the Dewitt Center at the address above. 

Registration deadline: 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Registration fee: 

Each Workshop: $40; Entire Series: $100

Type of event: 

MKI Training

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning
Racial Equity