I made six video clips from the Question and Answer session for the film “Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek” at the Carnegie Institute for Science on 16th Street in Washington DC (happens to be right across the street from the First Baptist Church if the City of Washington DC, in which I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s).
The subject of the film is African American activist Derrick Evans, who had worked as a history teacher in Boston before starting to visit his homeland in Mississippi more often. The Turkey Creek bayou is a natural wetland and was settled by freed slaves during the Reconstruction, who were able to own land here in a segregated society. The land is threatened by over-development, which makes it even more susceptible to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and then Rita in 2005. The film is directed by Leah Mahan and has been carried on Mississippi PBS.
Evans gave up his career (even as a teacher) to become an activist. During the QA I asked him if he was economically OK now, and the answer seemed to be, not really. Was this an OK question?
Another speaker said that more people needed to be willing to live in the Gulf area. Saying that people shouldn’t “choose” to live in higher risk areas just doesn’t cut it morally.
Here are the clips