February 12, 2020 –
Distinguished Lecture Series
Dr. Alisha R. Winn, applied cultural anthropologist and Adjunct Professor, Palm Beach Atlantic College
“Historic Northwest Rising: Reviving the Past, Elevating Community, and Transforming the Narrative“
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992, the Northwest Historic District was West Palm Beach’s segregated African American community from the 1920s to 1960s, when it represented economic and community success in education and business. In efforts to restore its homes and historic buildings such as the Sunset Lounge, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency established the Historic Northwest Rising Project to engage the community, rebuild the neighborhood, and preserve its history. Dr. Alisha R. Winn, a project consultant, describes the revitalization process and explores the residents’ perspective—a lens beyond historic landmarked experiences, identifying community pride and ownership, and transforming the narrative to a positive view of the neighborhood.
Winn is an adjunct professor at Palm Beach Atlantic College and an applied cultural anthropologist who consults in preservation and community building efforts for the West Palm Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Habitat for Humanity, the Storm of ’28 Memorial Park Coalition, Inc., and the African American Research Library & Cultural Center of Palm Beach County, Inc. (AARLCC). She incorporates anthropological knowledge to governmental, community, educational, and religious institutions on the social construction of race and its history, cultural belief systems and practices, and language, helping students and the public appreciate her discipline’s usefulness and relevance today.