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Akira Drake Rodriguez On The Political Power Of Atlanta’s Public Housing Developments

Akira Drake Rodriguez will discuss her book in an online event from the Georgia Center for the Book at 7 p.m. May 17.
Akira Drake Rodriguez will discuss her book in an online event from the Georgia Center for the Book at 7 p.m. May 17.
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WABE’s Stephannie Stokes spoke with professor and author Akira Drake Rodriguez, Ph.D., about how Atlanta’s public housing projects gave African American tenants a gathering space to form their own political bloc, even before they were able to participate in local politics.

Rodriguez is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design whose forthcoming manuscript, “Diverging Space for Deviants: The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing,” examines the dialectic between black feminist politics and public housing policy in Atlanta from 1936 to 2010.

Rodriguez will discuss her book in an online event from the Georgia Center for the Book at 7 p.m. May 17.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.