Please join us for this hybrid discussion (virtual and in-person), the 5th in our bi-monthly series addressing how our community and society can work toward true inclusion. Register using the button to the left in order to receive the Zoom link via email.
Our experts will focus on the issues covered in The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein with a focus on social justice in housing as well as the current housing situation in our community and our country.
The Color of Law reveals just how the U.S. arrived at the "systematic racial segregation we find in metropolitan areas today," focusing in particular on the role of government. While remaining cognizant of recent changes in legislation and implementation, Rothstein is keenly alert to the continuing effects of past practices. He leads the reader through Jim Crow laws, sundown towns, restrictive covenants, blockbusting, law enforcement complicity, and subprime loans. This compassionate and scholarly diagnosis of past policies and prescription for our current racial maladies shines a bright light on some shadowy spaces.
Judith L. Fox, J.D., clinical professor of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, has practiced consumer law for 20 years and has an extensive record of scholarship and community-based work in issues of foreclosures, debt collection, and predatory lending in St. Joseph County. She leads the University’s Economic Justice Clinic that provides legal assistance to individuals whose incomes make it difficult for them to obtain counsel.
Gabrielle Robinson is a renowned and prolific local author whose works include Api's Berlin Diaries, as well as Better Homes of South Bend: An American Story of Courage.
Relevant Reads: The Journey to Inclusion series is a joint partnership between the St. Joseph County Public Library, the University of Notre Dame, Brain Lair Books and a variety of community partners.