“A Call to Act!ivism: Echoing Whitney Young 50 Years Later” Exhibition

The Center for Architecture

poster for “A Call to Act!ivism: Echoing Whitney Young 50 Years Later” Exhibition

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A Call to Act!ivism: Echoing Whitney Young 50 Years Later opens on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:00 pm. The exhibition, organized by the AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee (D&I) and curated by D&I co-chair Danei Cesario, AIA, assesses the state of the architecture profession against the historic backdrop of Young’s speech.

Civil rights activist Whitney M. Young, Jr’s critical keynote address at the 1968 AIA Convention in Portland, Oregon challenged architects to address issues of diversity and social responsibility in the profession. Young called out architects for their “thunderous silence” in the face of entrenched inequalities across American cities. 50 years following the speech, the profession still has a long way to go.

A Call to Act!ivism includes a brief history of Whitney Young, placed within the larger context of the 1960s, accompanied by excerpts from his speech. This content is juxtaposed with a selection of data from the 2017 AIANY Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Member Survey, which aims to quantify current representation in the chapter. To catalyze dialogues around equity, diversity, and inclusion in the profession, four industry leaders were invited to share their experiences and what they have done to contribute to Young’s call.



from July 10, 2018 to September 15, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-07-10 from 18:00 to 20:00

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