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Homecoming: Discovering Great American College Art and Architecture

Morgan Powell has posted his fourth blog at Outdoor Afro.  Morgan is the founder of Bronx River Sankofa – a documentary series on Cable TV and Facebook featuring African-American environmentalists from New York City’s greenest borough.  This meditation on the sprawling college campus as outdoor museum is  a departure from the more conventional green profiles he is known for.  I hope you enjoy, share and post comments!  This one’s for the historic preservationists out there.  This piece borrows the motto that, “The greenest building is the one that’s already built.”

ED: NYC has 29,000 acres of parkland most of which is in the Bronx.

“Have you ever heard about the Emancipation Oak at Hampton University?  This Virginia Landmark on the Chesapeake Bay helps define that fine HBCU campus.  It is a silent witness to the freedom of our people through education for over 150 years.  Great buildings and great institutional campuses – many inspired by the University of Virginia – can command our attention and tell critical stories too.  I have found this to be true at my own alma mater.  Did you attend one of our nation’s many temple – hilled public institutions like me?  These places, largely built in the exuberant nineteenth century, communicate a powerful sense of place with their generous lawns and buildings inspired by ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt.  They can be a lot of fun to visit and walk around.  Perhaps you live by one such place and can savor their architecture and landscape planning as a free recreational treat.  Welcome to mine. Bronx Community College (B.C.C.) in New York City acquired the former uptown campus of New York University in 1973 under the leadership of Bethune – Cookman University’s second president, James A. Colston.”


Morgan at UDEC Black History re-enactment at BCC February 2012

Morgan at UDEC Black History re-enactment at BCC February 2012


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  1. Anyone who enjoyed the Outdoor Afro Blog mentioned in this story may also enjoy my first three blogs on the Bronx River’s African American history. Please see:
    a) The first park to be built on the BX River south of the BX Zoo after earth day!

    b) Bronx River Hike logs with travel and snacking tips to the origins of the river.

    c) Almost 400 years of NYC African American history in a Bronx River park!


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