Event Calendar

Events for Thursday, July 27, 2017

Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law Book Discussion
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join Heights Community Congress for a Book Discussion on The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Grab a copy of this provocative book by Richard Rothstein (in stock at Loganberry) then join HCC at Loganberry Books to discuss it.

This book discussion is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are appreciated but walk-ins are always welcome.

About The Book
"In this groundbreaking 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 individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law makes clear that it was the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments that promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.[From amazon.com]

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Location:
Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44120
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Author Todd Michney
7:00 PM
odd M. Michney author of Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980 (UNC Press) will talk about his book at Mac's Backs - Books on Coventry on Thursday, July 27th at 7pm.

The story of white flight and the neglect of black urban neighborhoods has been well told by urban historians in recent decades. Yet much of this scholarship has downplayed black agency and tended to portray African Americans as victims of structural forces beyond their control.

In this history of Cleveland's black middle class, Todd Michney uncovers the creative ways that members of this nascent community established footholds in areas outside the overcrowded, inner-city neighborhoods to which most African Americans were consigned. In asserting their right to these outer-city spaces, African Americans appealed to city officials, allied with politically progressive whites (notably Jewish activists), and relied upon both black and white developers and real estate agents to expand these "surrogate suburbs" and maintain their livability until the bona fide suburbs became more accessible.

By tracking the trajectories of those who, in spite of racism, were able to succeed, Surrogate Suburbs offers a valuable counterweight to histories that have focused on racial conflict and black poverty and tells the neglected story of the black middle class in America's cities prior to the 1960s.

Todd Michney is visiting assistant professor in the School of History and Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Location:
Mac's Backs
1820 Coventry Rd.
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