Tonight Tom Robinson will be showing:
No Hiding Place, 1963, CBS, 60 minutes
Segregation Northern Style, 1949, 60 minutes
What is a "Blockbuster?"
From Wikipedia: Blockbusting was a practice used by real estate agents and developers in the United States to encourage white property owners to sell their homes by giving the impression that minority groups (such as African Americans) were moving into their previously racially segregated neighborhood.
For example, black women might be paid to push baby carriages in exclusive white neighborhoods to encourage white residents to sell their properties, on the premise that property values would decline with an increase in the visible social differences that characterized neighboring ghettos. In other cases, one house in a segregated block might be sold cheaply to a black family, causing fears that others would soon move in.
These are two amazing documentaries about the practice of blockbusting. It's hard to believe now that this practice went on until the 1980s, but it wasn't until housing anti-discrimination laws passed that the practice finally ceased. (At least openly.)
Show starts at 8pm in the upstairs loft. Admission is free. All ages welcome. Hope to see you tonight!
Old Town Pizza
5201 NE MLK (in Vanport Square Center)
Between Alberta and Killingsworth
#6 and #72 bus, ample free parking for bikes and cars