Host: Mainframe Studios, SURJ, and Dr. Madison DeShay-Duncan and Richard Duncan

Time: 4:00 PM — 6:00 PM

Mainframe Studios, along with its artists and board of directors, are proud to partner withSURJ to present Reframing Racial Justice in Creative Communities.

Please join us for Understanding Social (In)Justice Through the Power of Place: The Center Street Story: An Urban Renewal Retrospective presented by Dr. Madison DeShay-Duncan and Richard Duncan. This event will explore the history of Des Moines’ Center Street neighborhood and spark conversations about racialized inequity, its relationship to 1950s urban renewal, and other policies and practices that disproportionately impact Iowa’s Black citizens.

  • Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
  • Free & open to the public
  • Cash bar and complimentary snacks
  • Space is limited

Dr. Madison DeShay-Duncan and Richard Duncan are filmmakers of the short documentary titled The Center Street Story: An Urban Renewal Retrospective . They are raising funds to produce a full-length documentary and companion curriculum that tells a story that reveals a time and place that was largely a multicultural community where people co-existed – but that had nestled within it a dominant Black business district where people forged life-long bonds, where children felt safe and where people were instilled with a sense of connectivity and empowerment to achieve – and did.The Center Stree Story captures and preserves the Center Street history while those who lived it are accessible. In the process The Center Street Story will add to and enrich the body of knowledge on Iowa’s history. When completed, this important story will be shared at the national level to help complete the picture of the impacts of urban renewal.

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