50 years ago, city officials in Syracuse ignored the outcry of the Black community in the 15th Ward and moved forward with their plan to construct the I-81 viaduct. Since then, the ward has faced inadequate housing, higher crime, and poverty at disproportionate levels.
By Jay A. Fernandez, ACLU
Dr. Gail Christopher, NCHE’s ED, and her daughter Heather McGhee spoke to students, administrators, staff, and faculty about racial healing, hope, and the “solidarity dividend”. The event was tied with UNIV 101: Let’s Talk About Race, a university-wide course that was piloted last year. They both answered questions about grassroots advocacy and organizing.