Placemaking 10 Recap

“Only the people can be entrusted with their own future.” – Ernie Thompson, 1971

On Saturday April 28th, University of Orange hosted Placemaking 10: Homeboy Came to Orange. The event celebrated the re-release of Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People’s Power with speakers, musical performances, and dance. Scroll down to watch videos from the event.

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Learn more about this year’s Urbanists in Residence

The Homeboys from Orange

Author, Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Urbanist in Residence, Pedja Stojicic


The Cotton Series: Birth of a Workforce choreographed by Havanna Fisher

Community Leader Becky Doggett

Councilwoman Donna Williams

Urbanist in Residence, Dominic T. Moulden

Performer, Ray Sykes

Our MCs Jaden Thompson & Marco Dorce

The Homeboys from Orange opening the day


Pedja’s first visit to Orange

Pedja Stojicic on People’s Power

Molly Rose Kaufman reads an excerpt from her grandfather & mother’s book

Molly Rose Kaufman introduces Havanna Fisher & The Cotton Series: Birth of a Workforce

The Cotton Series: Birth of a Workforce, choreographed by Urbanist-in-Residence Havanna Fisher

Becky Doggett, local leader, reflects on Ernie’s lessons and our need for them today

Charlie Wirene reads Bridge Builder by Will Allen Dromgoole

Donna Williams reflects on how she saw herself in the pages of Homeboy Came to Orange & what she hopes for Ernie’s story in the future

Dominic T. Moulden of ONE DC tells us Orange is the City! Orange is the Nation! Orange is the World!

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove talks about writing the book with her father, passing on his stories, and organizing the nation

Local artist Ray Sykes performs