South Broadway & The Kirtland Addition
For decades, the neighborhood remained home to the largest concentration of African-Americans in the city and served as the social, political, and religious heart of the Black community. But while many lived in the neighborhood by choice, the reality was that discriminatory housing practices discouraged, and in some cases, prevented African-Americans from living anywhere else in Albuquerque. The documentary takes that issue head on, explaining the systemic racism behind the practices of racially restrictive covenants, discriminatory zoning restrictions and redlining, and the impacts that continue to this day. DellaFlora also chose to include the histories of the Kirtland Addition and the East End Addition, the only other neighborhoods outside of South Broadway to welcome African-Americans in the 1950s and 1960s. Despite the challenges, the neighborhood had a profound impact on Albuquerque. It produced world class athletes, pioneering politicians and professionals, celebrated musicians, and even a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Even today, as the neighborhood continues to address racism, crime, gentrification, and economic development issues, activists fight to preserve the soul of the neighborhood.