BRIGHTEST MINDS: Richard Rothstein on the Color of Law

Thursday, May 3, 2018
9:30am to 11:30am EDT
Mt Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Ave NW
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At the root of so many racial disparities in our society – be it wealth, health, education, or employment – is housing segregation. Richard Rothstein, author of the bestselling book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, will discuss the federal government’s role in creating segregated communities across the country. His talk will explore the contemporary impact of those 20th century policies, and what it would take to undo this legacy that has embedded itself in the geography of our cities and suburbs.

Members: Free
Non-Members: $45.00

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Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley). He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America. The book recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation. He is also the author of Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right (2008); Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap (2004); and The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America’s Student Achievement (1998). Other recent books include The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement (co-authored in 2005); and All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different? (co-authored in 2003).

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