PBS LearningMedia East Lake Meadow: A Public Housing Story Collection

PBS LearningMedia East Lake Meadow: A Public Housing Story Collection

East Lake Meadows in Atlanta, GA

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PBS LearningMedia has a wide range of learning resources for students in grades 7-12th grade, focused on public housing and civil rights. 
East Lake Meadows, the public housing project opened by the Atlanta Housing Authority in 1970 and demolished a generation later, and provides resources to understand housing policy and racism.  

The East Lake Meadows film tells the stories of more than a dozen families who lived in the community between the 1970s and its demolition in the mid-1990s, including the Lightfoot family and four generations of the family of Eva Davis, the long-time tenant leader at East Lake Meadows. The film documents the tremendous hardships faced by East Lake families; the lack of access to grocery stores and fresh produce; the impact of devastating unemployment and poverty; conditions that included mold, leaky pipes, and collapsing walls and ceilings; and the seemingly ubiquitous presence of crime, drugs and guns. It also follows the births of children, celebration of holidays, daily activities in schools and the ways in which residents were “making a way out of no way.”

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Local Discussion of East Lake Meadows & Rochester's Experience with Public Housing

To further this conversation, WXXI Education has pulled together educational resources (appropriate for 7-12th grade) from PBS LearningMedia:

WXXI Education has also curated a list of resources to support conversations and instruction around race, racism, bias, protests, civil rights, and more.