"The Color of Law" Book Discussion Group

Color of Law book cover

Explore Richard Rothstein's 2017 award-winning book, "The Color of Law." Learn how American cities became racially divided as federal, state and local governments systematically imposed policy driven residential segregation. Participate in in-depth discussions with peers, hear from expert speakers and engage in activities designed to critically examine Rothstein’s text and America’s history.

This event is free and open to the public, ages 18 and up. New participants are always welcome; reading the book in advance is not required.

2018 - 2019 Schedule:  
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon

September 29January 19October 20February 16November 17March 16December 15


Facilitated by: 
Erica Maxwell
Crayon Box Consulting Group

About the book:

In this history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation ― individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. "The Color of Law" 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. Rothstein chronicles an untold story that begins in the 1920s, showing how federal, state, and local governments systematically imposed residential segregation which continues and contributes to persistant unrest.

Where to get your copy:

"The Color of Law" is available through major book sellers including Amazon.

Center for the Study of Race and Democracy
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Sept. 29, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, and March 16
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church- Word Center
Off campus

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