East Palo Alto elders and youth came together for a Zoom panel discussion, “Generational Conversations #1: Community Discussion on Racial Injustice” on June 29th, co-produced by Midpen Media and the Nairobi Committee. The elders helped to establish Nairobi College in EPA in the 1960s as an alternative junior college for minorities, and the next generation panelists are activists in their own right, leading initiatives from organizing protest marches to training EPA youth in tech skills.
Youth host Alanna Stevenson and elder statesman host Isaac Stevenson led the group of seven panelists through a series of questions examining how EPA has changed and how its Black community has advanced through the generations. A participant who experienced racial segregation in the South thought integration was detrimental in some ways because it caused Black communities to split up instead of consolidating collective power. The current social justice movement is looking to connect people with each other and find that sense of community that has been lost. Elders spoke about a time when neighbors knew everyone who lived on the block, and they would look out for each other. The younger generation is looking for ways to hold onto the strength of the older generations.
Midpen Media Director of Programs Jesse Norfleet is planning on producing additional “Generational Conversations” focusing on the generational experiences of other local community groups. Jesse noticed that the panel conversations were organic, and it was an opportunity for youth to learn from their elders. The live show had about 40 viewers and since then, another 120 viewers found the panel online. Learn more about how EPA and its residents have changed over the years. Watch the panel discussion on Midpen Media’s YouTube channel or on cable channel 28.
Generational Conversations, Channel 28
Tuesdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 1:00 PM
Fridays, Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25 at 7:00 PM
Saturdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 at 11:00 AM