VIDEO: Majora Carter on Speaking Up and Speaking Out

A video from Next City’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, featuring a story by Majora Carter on how she transformed from an introverted youngster into an award-winning environmental justice advocate and a voice for minority communities in cities across the US.

Credit: Desiree Navarro

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Last month Next City hosted its 10-year anniversary with a first-person storytelling event in New York City. The night included powerful stories from seven notable urban changemakers.

MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Majora Carter was one of these seven storytellers. Carter, an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant and real estate developer, is responsible for the creation of numerous green infrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems.

Her story begins during the burning of the Bronx. Watch the video below to hear how the shy young Carter, with the help of two important mentors, not only found her own voice but became a powerful voice within her South Bronx community, advocating for environmental equality and greater economic potential for minority communities across the US.

Below is a podcast of the presentation:

In case you missed our previous posts, catch all six videos on Next City’s YouTube channel, including Dekonti Mends-Cole on the power of memory and Toby Barlow on what made him fall in love with the Motor City.

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