Screening and Discussion: Welcome to the Neighborhood

Film - Short | June 19 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Mildred Howard, Artist; Leigh Raiford, Associate professor of African American studies, UC Berkeley; Lawrence Rinder, BAMPFA director and chief curator, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

We celebrate Juneteenth with a screening and discussion featuring artist Mildred Howard, whose work is on view in About Things Loved: Blackness and Belonging. Following a presentation of the new documentary Welcome to the Neighborhood, the artist joins in conversation with Leigh Raiford, UC Berkeley associate professor of African American studies, and Lawrence Rinder, BAMPFA director and chief curator.

A thirty-minute film by award-winning producer, director, and editor Pam Uzzell, Welcome to the Neighborhood explores Mildred Howard’s long family roots in the Bay Area and the impact of gentrification on local residents. Howard’s mother, Mabel Howard, moved to San Francisco during World War II and became part of the growing community of African Americans in South Berkeley, where she spearheaded many significant political and community projects. Today, her renowned artist daughter Mildred can no longer afford to live in her lifelong home city.

This program is cosponsored by UC Berkeley’s Black Staff and Faculty Organization and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

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