PLTI Alexandria People's Assembly presents an
Alexandria Film Festival Showcase
Affordable Housing Advocacy: Stories of Structural Oppression, Black Resilience, and People Power
SUNDAY, NOV 12th
2:30PM - 5:30PM
AMC Hoffman Theater
Explore the hidden history behind the evolution of Alexandria's affordable housing crisis, and how structural oppression, targeted at African Americans, now impacts the entire community.
The PLTI Alexandria People’s Assembly Showcase includes:
Segregated By Design, a short on the history and impact of racial injustice in US housing policy on African American families.
The City, the 1939 New York World’s Fair Science and Education film promoting Roosevelt’s three New Deal Towns to white families.
Guardians of the Flame, three generations of an African American family fight to recover, not just from Hurricane Katrina, but from a history of cultural suppression,
The panel discussion about the generational impact of racial injustice and affordable housing on African American mental health will follow the screening. Panelists include:
Megan Searing Young, M.A., director of the Greenbelt Museum and Historic House, Roy O. Priest, MPA, MCRP, chair, Montgomery Co. Housing Opportunities Commission,, former executive director/CEO of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Theopia Jackson, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist and former president of The Association of Black Psychologists Purchase Showcase Tickets Online at
Photograph: Charles William Gray and Lillian Curry-Gray at the Alexandria, VA home and funeral business they lost in 1938* Mrs. Miller is standing across the street in the doorway of her home and preschool. Her early childhood development prepared students for school at an advanced level. Image and oral history courtesy of The Gray’s granddaughter, Mrs. Lillian Stanton-Patterson.
*According to Historian Char Bah, after losing ownership in 1938, the Gray family rented this home, and Mr. Gray was listed as a mortician on the 1940 Census. http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2018/jul/25/other-alexandria-cw-gray-alexandrias-early-20th-ce/