Virtual Community Conversation: WHOSE STREETS?
Director: Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis
2017, 100 minutes, Online Purchase, R
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Friday, June 19 at 7:00 pm
Join the Old Greenbelt Theatre for a virtual discussion of the documentary Whose Streets? with Colin A. Byrd, Mayor of the City of Greenbelt, and Dr. Dennis A. Doster, director of the M-NCPPC Black History Program.
Watch Whose Streets? (information below on where to access), and then join us for the conversation on Friday, June 19 at 7:00 pm. Register here to receive a reminder before the conversation begins. The film should be viewed before the conversation as it will not be screened as part of the virtual event.
The conversation will take place on Crowdcast. Our guest speakers will join OGT Executive Director Dr. Caitlin McGrath to discuss the film. Participants will be able to ask questions in the latter portion of the discussion.
Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.
Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they have lived the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.
Where to Watch
The film is available on Hulu for subscribers. The film is also available on Kanopy and Hoopla (use your public library card for free subscriptions). It can also be rented for $0.99 on Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, or YouTube.
Colin A. Byrd
Mayor, City of Greenbelt
Colin Byrd is a lifelong Greenbelter. Growing up, he fell in love with everything Greenbelt – the parades, the theater, the Community Center, the pool, the parks, the library, the people and so much more.
Colin has served as a member of the city council since 2017. He is the council liaison to Green ACES, the environmental sustainability advisory committee. He is also a member of the PGCMA’s Legislative Committee and the city’s alternate member on the MWCOG Transportation Planning Board. Colin is also the second African American ever elected to the Greenbelt City Council, a member of the Urban League and the youngest ever regional director for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.
In his day job, Colin is the chief of staff for Maryland State Delegate Julian Ivey.
Colin is a committed progressive Democrat. He served as a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention and is a longtime member of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt Democratic Club and the Maryland Democratic Party’s Diversity Leadership Council.
Colin is an alumnus of the University of Maryland, College Park where he studied sociology, was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the OMSE Academic Excellence Society, and was a research assistant in the fields of psychology, economics and public health. He was also Mr. Black Student Union, and he won several accolades, including the James Otis Williams Award for Cultural Leadership and the MICA Award for Champion of Diversity.
Colin is also a newly, minted alumnus of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance fellowship program, and he regularly attends workshops and conferences to learn new things about how to better serve Greenbelters.
Colin has made TV appearances on NBC4, Fox 5, ABC7, News Channel 8, and WUSA9, and his career has included stints as an environmental policy advocate for Environment Maryland, a business development associate for a security consulting firm, and a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union. Colin’s hobbies include basketball, ping pong, (watching) football, tennis, playing the piano and the arts in general.
Dr. Dennis A. Doster, Director of the Black History Program,
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Dr. Dennis A. Doster is a scholar of African American history with close to fifteen years of professional experience in the field of public history.
Currently, he heads the Black History Program, a unit of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. In this position, Doster oversees three historic African American sites; undertakes and supervises research on local black history; and produces exhibitions and programming for various audiences. Prior to joining the Commission, he worked for the Alexandria Black History Museum and the National Archives. Exhibitions he has curated include Black Women & Politics: To the Ballot and Beyond, Moving Out, Moving In, Moving Up: The Story of Black Migration and Immigration in Prince George’s County, “How We Got Over”: A History of Black Sacred Music Traditions and “We Return Fighting”: World War I and the African American Experience. He is the 2019 recipient of the Pace Setter Award from the Association of African American Museums.
Dr. Doster also serves as adjunct faculty in History and African American Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Maryland, Global College. His areas of teaching and research expertise include the Civil Rights Movement, African American political and expressive culture, and Maryland African American history.
Dr. Doster serves as a member of the Managing Board of the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc. and the Publications Committee of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.