For more than 100 years, Rikers Island has been a symbol of oppression and--until recently--most people could not tell you where Rikers was on a New York City map. But today, because of the bold and courageous organizing of people who have experienced the horrors of Rikers first hand, the jail is now entering the public imagination. How can educators and students help to preserve the public memory of Rikers as a significant part of NYC history?
The Rikers Island Public Memory Project, along with students from Gallatin’s "Lyrics on Lockdown" course, invites you to join us for an afternoon exploring creative ways to document the memory of Rikers and activate this history in community spaces and classrooms.
Mariame Kaba, Project Nia
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Teachers College
Vidal Guzman, JustleadershipUSA
Shana Russell, Humanities Action Lab
Darren Mack, #CLOSErikers