This article examines the intersection of race, space, and resistance as we revisit the legacies and contemporary implications of urban development policies in historically Black communities. With the understanding that spatial matters are Black matters (and Black matters are spatial matters), we argue that exploring this intersection allows us to raise questions about the differential impact of urban policies on Black communities. Against the historical backdrop of devastation and loss caused by urban renewal and highway construction in the mid-20th century, activists and residents fight current proposals for a highway expansion project originally called TBX. While we examine the proposed project and its implications for the entire city, we are particularly focused on responses to this project by communities we have studied for many years. Drawing on ethnographic research in two historically Black communities, we discuss the work of two Black women leaders, whose struggles for spatial justice are informed by histories and memories of geographic domination. To examine the rationale for community pushback to proposals for infrastructural improvements, this article examines the intersection of race and space theoretically, historically, and through the lived experiences of community activists whose primary work is making Black communities matter.
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Research Article| December 01 2018
Making Black Communities Matter: Race, Space, and Resistance in the Urban South
Human Organization (2018) 77 (4): 312–322.
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Cheryl Rodriguez, Beverly Ward; Making Black Communities Matter: Race, Space, and Resistance in the Urban South. Human Organization 1 December 2018; 77 (4): 312–322. doi: https://doi.org/10.17730/0018-7218.104.22.1682
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