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UA Historical Society Hosts Author Richard Rothstein

Many in UA are increasingly engaging in discussions about advancing our community as a place that is welcoming, cohesive and inclusive. The work of the community relations assessment process in 2019 will soon lead to City Council’s formation of a Community Relations Committee, and the previously untold story of former slave and landowner Pleasant Litchford is on track to become part of third graders’ history curriculum among other recognition efforts.

Through its 2020 HistorySpeaks programing, the Upper Arlington Historical Society is bringing Richard Rothstein—an author and leading authority on housing policy in the U.S.—for an onstage discussion of the themes from his book, The Color of Law.

Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the U.S. The Color of Law demonstrates that racial segregation is not the result of private discrimination but was created by racially explicit and unconstitutional government policy in the mid-twentieth century that openly subsidized whites-only suburbanization.

Richard Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California, Berkley. He is a former columnist for the New York Times.

This must-see event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4 at Jones Middle School, beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission. A limited number of spaces are also available for a $50 pre-ception with Mr. Rothstein beginning at 5:30 pm, which includes a signed copy of his book. Click here for additional details and to purchase tickets.

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