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Join Habitat Charlotte on Tuesday, March 14 for the second annual Building Futures: A Symposium on Affordable Housing. This year's event features award-winning teacher, acclaimed speaker and Davidson alumnus Clint Smith, a scholar of the history of inequality in America. Clint's topic will be "The Perilous Convergence of Poverty, Injustice and the Affordable Housing Crisis in Charlotte."

Charlotte ranks last among the country's 50 largest cities for upward mobility. Our city faces an affordable housing crisis that is intertwined with so many other facets of life in our community: education, health, segregation and many more. Clint's talk will be followed by a question and answer period to provide an opportunity to have a community conversation around these critical issues.

This event is free and open to the public; we just ask that you secure your spot by registering now.

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clint-smith-websizeAbout Clint Smith
Award-Winning Teacher
Acclaimed Spoken Word Poet

Clint Smith believes we all share a story, the human story. It's in the telling, he believes, that we emerge as individuals and celebrate what we have in common. His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America have been viewed more than four million times. Using his experience as an award-winning teacher and poet to share personal stories of justice, community, and education, his customizable art-form illuminates how we can all find the courage to create change, overcome challenges, and unite ourselves through the power of the collective voice.

Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship with research interests that include mass incarceration, the sociology of race, and the history of U.S. inequality. Previously, he taught high school English in Prince George's County, Maryland where, in 2013, he was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council.

He has spoken at the 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, the U.S. Department of Education, the IB Conference of the Americas, the Aspen Summit Ideas Festival. He has been profiled in The Washington Post, Vox, The Huffington Post, The Root, NBC News and the book, "American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom."

Clint is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, a Cave Canem Fellow, a Callaloo Fellow, and has served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. His writing has been published or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Guardian, Boston Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere. His first full-length collection of poems, Counting Descent, will be published in September 2016 by Write Bloody Publishing.

Clint earned a BA in English from Davidson College and is an alumnus of the New Orleans Public School System.