The Planning and the Black Community Division provides a forum for planners, administrators, public officials, students, and other interested individuals to address issues of significance to the black community. An annual two-day retreat seeks to enlist maximum participation in determining division policy issues. The division newsletter publishes articles on economic development, housing, transportation, career opportunities, and division activities. Division-sponsored sessions at the National Planning Conference have included international themes and speakers.

For more than two decades Planning and the Black Community Division (PBCD) of the American Planning Association has pursued its mission of providing a forum for discussion, research, and action by African-American planners, citizens, and students.

In this position, PBCD fills a unique role of creating a space where communities can partner with political, economic and educational institutions to build strategic alliances that encourage collaboration and resource sharing. Such partnerships would assist communities struggling with a lack of collaboration and grassroots planning due to reduced community participation, and would decrease the breakdown in short- and long-term planning linkages.

Our national economy is booming, but the benefits have not been evenly distributed. As powerful forces in many locations, PBCD members are well suited to exhibit leadership in tackling the pressing social and economic challenges in our communities. Now is the time for planners to engage in major new national initiatives that harness the potential for development and regeneration.

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PBCD News - 2014 Winter Edition

PBCD to Received Award


Small Division

The APA Divisions Council Awards Committee is pleased to announce and recognize the this year’s Divisions Council Award winner for Best Original Newsletter Article Award - Small Division to:

Planning & the Black Community Division

"Black Farmers, Equitable Health and Food System Planning: Leveling the Field in African American Communities"

The Division Achievement Awards will be presented during the APA/AICP Annual Business Meeting and Leadership Honors event on Tuesday, April 16th, 2:30-3:45pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago.

Congratulations to our Chief Newsletter Editor, Zunilda Rodriguez contributing this article which can be found at the following link:


"Rising Above the Currents"

For three decades, the Planning and the Black Community Division (PBCD) of APA has provided a forum where communities in partnership with planners, administrators, public officials, students and other interested individuals can come together to address issues of significance to the Black community.

In celebrating PBCD's historic 30th Year Anniversary, conference attendees experienced many unique opportunities to gain practical experience and knowledge through professional development sessions, workshops, facilitated discussion, mobile walking tour, leadership summit, daily networking events, capstone historical legacy gala and other unique opportunities to attain leadership skills that embrace the values, experience and expertise of Black planners and these communities. The Conference was indeed a success! 

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