The City of Austin Housing Department will host Black Land Matters, The Symposium on Thursday, June 15, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Austin Central Library Special Event Center. Panelists, a housing and property rights expert, a landowner, and a developer, will explore the ongoing challenges that Black Americans continue to face regarding land ownership. This event will delve into the intersections of land ownership, wealth building, and cultural sustainability while also sharing available resources and discussing challenges and opportunities to help secure black land ownership in the face of ongoing land loss. Registration is free and includes lunch for attendees.
“We are creating a space where dialogue can be the fuel to generate ideas, resources, strategies, and networks to help black communities reaffirm the value of land ownership,” explains Nefertitti Jackmon, Community Displacement Prevention Officer. “We hope to encourage expansion of home ownership and plant seeds that will lead to equitable and conscious community developments.”
The panel discussion will emphasize methods and resources to expand landownership for wealth building, cultural sustainability, and improved health outcomes. Partners include the City of Austin Economic Development Department, Austin Public Health, and the Austin Public Library.
“We recognize the continuing challenges of land loss and displacement among the African American community,” explains Rosie Truelove, Director for the Housing Department. “We are pleased to host this symposium and elevate this important conversation.”