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Howard University Hosts Earth Day Town Hall and Screening of 'Underwater Projects'

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WASHINGTON - On Monday, April 22, Howard University will feature "Breathing While Black: A Town Hall and Screening on Environmental Justice" as part of its Earth Day activitiesAttendees will be treated to a special screening of the new environmental justice documentary, "Underwater Projects."

The town hall begins at noon in the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, Met Auditorium, Room 100, at Bryant St. NW, Washington DC. The Earth Day event is open to the Howard University community, students from other colleges, and the public. It can also be viewed via YouTube live stream.

A panel discussion portion of the event will be led by Rubin Patterson, Ph.D.dean of the Howard University College of Arts & Sciences. The town hall will be moderated by Yanick Rice Lamb, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film and co-founder of FierceforBlackWomen.com. Other participants include: Brittany Bell Surratt, senior director of storytelling and communications for the Hip Hop Caucus; Sacoby Wilson, Ph.D., director of the Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health, University of Maryland; and Rachael Baker, WE ACT for Environmental Justice National Organizing Manager. 

The screening of "Underwater Projects" will begin after the discussion, at 1 p.m.  The 28-minute documentary film, co-directed by dream hampton and Liz Havstad, explores rising sea levels and sinking of Norfolk, Va. The film delves into how the environmental catastrophe is impacting the lives of residents in the St. Paul's housing projects. Hampton also served as executive producer of "Underwater Projects," alongside Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and chief executive of the Hip Hop Caucus. “Underwater Projects” premiered at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival last month.

This environmental justice town hall is co-sponsored by the Hip Hop Caucus; the Black Executive & Student Training Program, known as The BEST Program; and the Department of Media, Journalism and Film. It has received additional support from Heather McTeer Toney, author of “Before the Streetlights Come On: Black America’s Urgent Call for Climate Solutions.”

“Environmental and climate issues disproportionately impact Black and brown communities,” said Ingrid Sturgis, associate professor and chair of the Department of Media, Journalism and Film. “We’re honored to partner again with the BEST Program, the Hip Hop Caucus and Heather McTeer Toney to shed light on such critical topics.”


About Howard University  

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that comprises 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced two Schwarzman Scholars, four Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American PhD. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu. 

Media contact: Sholnn Freeman; sholnn.freeman@howard.edu