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The Planner's Guide to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement - Free Game from a White Planner

Not sure of the experiences of other Black planners but these are a few of the recurring questions I've been asked recently:

  • "What can I do to make an impact?"

  • "What can I do to make changes in my Planning role/job?"

  • "How can I educate myself?"

  • "What questions/things should I be asking to ensure equity in developing Black communities?

First, after trying to find the right words to answer them I'm grateful people seemed genuine to understand how they could educate themselves - thank you to everyone that reached out to me on IG, Twitter or via email; that's love.

Nonetheless, I wasn't totally sure how to answer their questions right off the bat. Quite frankly, I wasn't sure what to say or how to explain it because everything I write, post, or talk about is coming purely from experience as a Black female urban planner - it isn't as easy to articulate to non-Black people. I did my best to answer as best I could based on my personal/professional experiences plus other things I've read or people I've followed - the following document by Danielle Dirsken (twitter: @dani.d_98) is the BEST resource to answer most, if not all, of the questions mentioned above.

Go check it out and read it here!


She provides some amazing insight, understanding of what can be done from white planners, and was gracious enough to mention us (BLCK SPCES) as a resource for Black planner voices to listen/watch! Thank you