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11/02/2016
LOWER MANHATTAN MANDATE: BLACK GOTHAM
Walking Tour

Our most recent public programs festival, Mandate, was supported by the NEA and looked at how cities are shaped by electoral politics at every level, asking how citizens can get involved in the process in ways large and small.

We journeyed to New York City’s early history—the colonial mandate by British governors—as Black Gotham founder Kamau Ware guided participants on an evening tour of how the historic actions of policymakers controlled the lives of the first black New Yorkers. We discovered the laws, conspiracies, and rebellions that influenced the expanding colony along lines of slavery, class, and politics, and continue to inform the experience of today’s city.

This event was designated for AIA CES (2 LU)