National Building Museum: Interview with Amber N. Wiley

Amber N. Wiley, Ph.D., collaborated with the Museum to lend insight into the Pilot District Project (PDP), the subject of the forthcoming exhibition Community Policing in the Nation’s Capital Program: The Pilot District Project, 1968-1973.

NBM Online: After Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968, the Pilot District Project was born as a local experiment in police reform and citizen participation in a predominantly African American area of Washington, D.C. Who were some of the key people instrumental to the PDP’s forming?
Amber Wiley: Robert Shellow, a social psychologist who was the head of research for the Kerner Commission, developed the program. He had previous experience researching issues of civil disturbances, as well as working with the Prince George’s County Police Department to aid in developing protocol for policing large-scale events.

Marion Barry, civil rights activist, founder of Pride, Inc., and the Free DC Movement was initially against the program. His antagonism was a result of the fact that the PDP had started police sensitivity training before developing an elected citizens’ board to oversee the project. He created a coalition of local activists to run for the board under the banner of the People’s Party. His party ended up winning the majority of the seats on the PDP citizens’ board.

To read the rest visit: https://www.nbm.org/interview-amber-n-wiley/

Learn more about the Pilot District Project.

 

This is Skidmore Podcast, 2017

Assistant Professor of American Studies and award-winning architectural and urban historian Amber Wiley knows what makes a particular place stand out. She joins us on the podcast to talk about all the places she lived, the characteristics that make up a place, and the three courses she’s teaching this semester: American Cultural Geographies, the African-American Experience, and City and American Culture.

Black in Design, Harvard GSD 2015

Amber N. Wiley was an invited lecturer on pedagogy at the first ever Black in Design conference at Harvard University. The introduction to her panel and lecture begins around the 14:05 mark.

This conference was organized to address social justice from the perspective of design, emphasizing the importance of compassion in the design ethos, and with the goal of recognizing the contributions of African descendants to the design field and, by so doing, to broaden the definition of the designer. A series of conversations including students, faculty, and invited guests considered design at the scale of the building, neighborhood, city, region, and globe.

 

The conference was organized by the Harvard GSD African American Student Union with support from the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Loeb Fellowship at Harvard GSD, the Dean’s Diversity Initiative at Harvard GSD, and H-OAP.