Majora is quoted on the walls of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, "You don't have to move out of your neighborhood to live in a better one," which is also the subtitle of her book.
"Reclaiming Your Community: You Don't Have to Move Out of Your Neighborhood to Live in a Better One" explores how we can address the problem of persistent poverty in low-status communities differently, and slow down the brain-drain that cripples local economic progress.
Just like successful companies have talent-retention strategies, Majora Carter argues that these communities need to do the same. Majora Carter shows how brain drain cripples low-status communities and maps out a development strategy focused on talent retention to help them break out of economic stagnation.
"In postpandemic America, we have the opportunity to reorder our society with a view to achieving our shared ideals--liberty and justice for all. The inequalities along racial and economic lines that COVID-19 revealed will only increase under the pressure of climate impacts that propel the wealthy away from the coasts and into more urbanized areas. Majora Carter's book could hardly be more timely in helping show us a more civilized way forward."
"My musical, In the Heights, explores issues of community, gentrification, identity, and home--not to mention this question: are happy endings only ones that involve getting out of your neighborhood to achieve your dreams? In her refreshing new book, Majora Carter writes about these issues with great insight and clarity, asking us to reexamine our notions of what community development is and how we invest in the futures of our hometowns. This is an exciting conversation worth joining."
"This is an important personal story of a South Bronx activist whose good ideas for change are discredited because she is a black female who knows better than a lot of 'experts' but doesn't have the proper credentials. Her vision for a 'self-gentrified' South Bronx is not unlike the old Italian and Jewish communities but conflicts with the political power structure that only wants to keep the neighborhood poor and dependent."
"Majora makes it easy to follow her light by being open about her mistakes and her successes. She models how to balance self-interest and community care in ways that feed each other with joy and love."