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Love-Driven Politics
PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES  •  Slought  •  25 - 28 July 2016
This pop-up show called Love-Driven Politics aims to create a dialogue about the connection between love and politics throughout the Democratic National Convention.  Slought, the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania believes this election season has heightened feelings of bitterness, anger, resentment, and cynicism about the role of politics in American common life. A prevalent sense that everyday citizens are unable to participate in the political process––the elections and otherwise––in any meaningful way has become a pathology of the American moment. Regretfully, says Slought, we have been witnessing a widespread sense that politics is a wholly separate realm from the values and sources of meaning in people's lives. These conditions need to change, and Slought believes a profound source for that change is love.

Slought, the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania Website

Contact: Slought 
4017 Walnut Street 
Philadelphia, PA
Tel: (1) 215 701 46 27

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Jack Delano, Detail, <EM>Florida migrants going to New Jersey</EM>, July 1940Library of Congress
Jack Delano, Detail, Florida migrants going to New Jersey, July 1940
Library of Congress
A City Transformed
PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES  •  Slought  •  3 - 10 August 2016

Slought and Scribe Video Center have organized A City Transformed, a pop-up exhibition on display from August 3-10, 2016 that explores the historic tide of African Americans moving North during The Great Migration, and their transformative impact on the culture and industry of Philadelphia. The exhibition, organized in conjunction with the BlackStar Film Festival, features two site-specific installations by artists Mendi + Keith Obadike and Lonnie Graham, and a selection of documentary films from Scribe's "Precious Places Community History Project."

The Great Migration was one of the largest and most rapid mass internal movements in history. The reconstruction era saw a dramatic reversal of advancement through the terror tactics of the the Klu Klux Klan, as well as the development of Jim Crow laws across the south. The North and Midwest became mythologized as places of racial, socio-cultural, and economic opportunity, where one could find better jobs, safety, suffrage, and educational opportunity. The Migration of Black Americans also gained momentum during World War I through the efforts of Northern businessmen seeking to fill the labor shortage. Northern companies offered incentives to Black workers to relocate, including free transportation and low-income housing. Philadelphia, which had the largest free Black population in the United States during the Civil War, became a new magnet for those moving North.

In Philadelphia, Black men found employment in the steel mills and munitions plants in Nicetown, Eddystone, Coatesville, and Carney's Point, New Jersey; they manned the shipyards in Philadelphia, Chester, and Camden; worked on the docks and wharves and in the sugar mills and oil refineries that lined the Delaware River, and did the hard physical labor needed throughout the region. Thousands of southern women found employment cleaning, cooking, and caring for the children of white families, while others worked in the city's factories.

Slought, the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania Website

Contact: Slought 
4017 Walnut Street 
Philadelphia, PA
Tel: (1) 215 701 46 27

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