Expertise for Communities

Celebrating Human Rights Day

  • Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online

Join in the worldwide celebration of Human Rights Day on December 10, 2020. The Mass Association of Consulting Planners as part of the global observance will be hosting an online screening of the film I Am Not Your Negro, along with a discussion of the film. We will explore how the film’s themes touch on con- temporary struggles for human rights, and how planners can engage, support and advance race equity and human rights.

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David Lee, FAIA, an architect, planner and educator, is the President and managing partner of the award- winning architecture and urban design firm Stull and Lee, Incorporated. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Lee is a past President of the Boston Society of Architects. He was the recipient of the BSA’s 2000 Award of Honor. As an educator, he has held design faculty positions at The Rhode Island School of Design, MIT and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is the former Chair of the Massachusetts College of Art Board of Trustees.

Ted Landsmark is a Professor of Public Policy at Northeastern University and a member of the Boston Planning and Development Authority board. As a young attorney, Ted was attacked with an American flag outside Boston City Hall by a white mob opposed to busing. He has been involved professionally in planning and design in Boston and nationally advocating for civil and human rights.

D. Quintin Miller is a Professor of English at Suffolk University and has authored three book on James Baldwin. The film, I Am Not Your Negro, is based on James Baldwin's writings and works.

Daphne Politis, AICP and Principal of Community Circle will be the moderator. Daphne is the past president of MassACP and on the Executive Committee.


Networking starts 6:30PM

Online access will be provided to registrants

Movie Screening 7:00 PM

Link access will be provided to registrants

Discussion 8:30 PM

Same access for Networking hour


I Am Not Your Negro is a film by Haitian-born film- maker Raoul Peck about the life of James Baldwin. The film is inspired by Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember this House, about his friendship with three civil rights leaders—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, who were all murdered within five years of each other. In the film, Peck examines the civil rights movement and American culture’s resistance to it.

I Am Not Your Negro film was selected by the International Literature Festival for worldwide screening as part of commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. The UDHR asserts that all human beings are born free and equal and advances many of the principles embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution as well as the AICP Code of Ethics. Human Rights Day celebrates the UDHR. Join us in learning more and reflecting on the work we still need to do to advance human rights and race equity in our communities and world.

This event was first announced in the Fall 2020 issue of the APA-MA Massachusetts Planning Magazine. Kathleen McCabe, FAICP, Vice President Massachusetts Association of Consulting Planners, writes “Consulting Planners’ Perspective” on behalf of MassACP.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (an excerpt)

Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of person.

Eleanor Roosevelt holding the English language version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after it was adopted by the U.N. in 1948.

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