March 19 Community Technology in C-U Event

Eighty people attended the eBlack Champaign-Urbana Community Technology in Champaign-Urbana Forum at the Champaign Public Library the morning of Saturday, March 19, 2011.

This page contains the record of this event.

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Event Video

Video 1: Introduction Video and First Panel - Part 1

Video 2: First Panel - Part 2

Video 3: Second Panel - Part 1

Video 4: Second Panel - Part 2

Event Summary

Discussions were held on developments with UC2B ( and a community movement to ensure UC2B is transparent and accountable to the under-served communities of Champaign-Urbana.

Connie Dillard and Chris Hamb from the UC2B Technical Committee and Abdul Alkalimat and Minor Jackson from the UC2B Policy Committee shared with the audience developments within UC2B and the need for more people to participate in UC2B meetings to ensure the community gets all the benefit from the program possible.

Discussions were also held on a movement to secure a community benefit agreement from UC2B to create sustainable funds for public, community computing in Champaign-Urbana.

Dr. Rev. Eugene Barnes, Carol J. Lewis, Imani Bazzell, Rev. Charles O. Nash and Rev. Larry Lewis discussed the growing community organization that is working on pressuring UC2B to meet their demands and encouraged everyone to join them in their movement.

There was also discussions on how everyone can participate in this movement. Whether at churches, schools or just sharing information with family, friends and neighbors, everyone has a role to play in building the digital future of Champaign-Urbana, especially in the historical African-American community of the twin cities.

The simplest thing you can do is forward this message to all your contacts in Champaign-Urbana. If you know people who don't have e-mail, print this message out and give it to them. Everyone has to know about what is going on.

Finally, 600 photographs were presented from the eBlackCU ( digital library on local African-American history. Public computing stations at the back of the room enabled ten meeting attendees to learn how to digitize their historical information.

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