This event will begin with coffee and mingling at 9:45am followed by our Annual Membership Meeting promptly at 10am. The meeting will be followed by guest speaker, Richard Rothstein, at 11am and lunch at noon.
Lunch is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. There is no fee for the speaker portion of the program. Please reserve your spot by May 4, 2018 using the RSVP button below.
Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America will speak at our Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon. The Color of Law is a Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Best Books of 2017 and has been featured on NPR's Fresh Air and The New York Times.
In his groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Mr. Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation―that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation―the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments―that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.
Mr. Rothstein is a former columnist for the New York Times, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He has spent years documenting the evidence that government not merely ignored discriminatory practices in the residential sphere, but promoted them. The impact has been devastating for generations of African-Americans who were denied the right to live where they wanted to live, and raise and school their children where they could flourish most successfully.
Mr. Rothstein will be available for book signing after his presentation.