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Mobilizing For Sustainable Development
Volume 2, Issue 1 Spring, 2009 Sojourner-Douglass College
Transforming Communities From the Bottom Up

Since its birth during the Civil Rights Movement, Sojourner- Douglass College has held fast to its original mission to help residents gain control over the forces which shape their lives. Now, in light of today’s heightened interests in “transformation,” SDC intends to help define this notion as it relates to changing urban communities....Read More

“Top-Down” Model: A Community Development Dilemma

The Planners say that they want to create in Oldtown a “mixed use” and “mixed income” community that meets current housing market conditions where current residents, mostly Black and poor, will be joined by new, more upscale, mostly white residents, without addressing the issue of race and ethnicity..... Read More

A “Bottom-Up” Model Resolves the Dilemma

Sojourner-Douglass College, a Human Developmental Catalyst, is the organizing presence for a Transformational Community Process....Read More

Movin’ On Up . . . Not Out

What have we lost in so many American cities where people who have lived and worked here for generations now find themselves defeated and desolate? More than 30 years ago, George and Louise Jefferson were “movin’ on up to the East Side … to that big deluxe apartment in the sky;” while here in 2008, many Baltimore families are being pushed out of the east side into other areas that are often just as unfriendly. What happened to America?.... Read More

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