Film Showing: Free to Ride

Tuesday, November 7: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Join us for a special screening of Free to Ride, a documentary produced by The Ohio State University's Kirwan Institute. This documentary addresses the question of whether or not public transportation is a civil rights issue. This powerful new documentary highlights the struggle by Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton (LEAD) with the help of their lawyers at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) to gain access to jobs and education by bus to the neighboring suburb of Beavercreek on behalf of Dayton residents. This clash between neighbors and the issues it raised are reminiscent of resistance faced by advocates and developers of affordable housing in communities across the country.

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Zachary E. Kenitzer, Ph.D. Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University
Zachary E. Kenitzer, Ph.D. is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. He is a specialist in policy and program evaluation, opportunity mapping, and implementation. Zachary has a passion for effective and equitable community engagement, effective visual communication, and equity.

Matthew Martin, The Columbus Foundation
Matt is responsible for research, development, and implementation of effective social investments that strengthen and improve the community. He provides leadership to advance the Foundation's efforts currently focused on the Weinland Park neighborhood. Matt's depth of knowledge and experience in urban planning and community development helps position the Foundation to be one Columbus' leaders in this area of community need. Prior to joining the Foundation, Matt was a researcher with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University since 2009. While at Kirwan, Martin produced the Institute's award-winning documentary, Free To Ride, and has conducted community assessments with partners around the country to help them understand spatial patterns of vulnerability and how to make their communities more sustainable by improving access to opportunity for their most marginalized members. He also managed the 2014 study of Franklin County seniors and was the lead author of the subsequent report "Meeting the Challenges of an Aging Population With Success." Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Martin was a regional planner with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission in Dayton, where he worked on land use policy, transportation planning, and regional development. Matt holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Affairs and a minor in African and African American Studies from Wright State University, and a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.

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