ULI’s Building Healthy Places Book Club: The Color of Law
Winter Selection: January 10-February 17, 2022
Our Winter 2022 selection is The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Author Richard Rothstein refutes the common notion that housing segregation in the United States is the result of millions of individual private choices and instead proves with exacting precision and fascinating insight how it is the byproduct of a century of explicit racist government policies at the local, state, and federal levels. The impact has been devastating, denying generations of African Americans the constitutional right to live where they wanted, the right to raise and school their children where they thought best, and the opportunity that whites were afforded to build generational wealth through home ownership.
Participation is free and requires registration. All registered participants receive a suggested reading schedule, weekly email thought prompts, and a link to attend virtual meetups.
The Color of Law is the second in a series of curated selections designed to support the work of ULI’s District Council Partnerships for Health Equity Project.
The Building Healthy Places Book Club is generously supported by ULI Foundation Governor Randall Lewis.
- Reading Kickoff, January 10 | Book club participants receive a Book Club 101 email outlining how the eight-week session will work, along with a suggested reading schedule.
- Meetup #1: Midbook Discussion Groups, January 27, 4 pm ET via Zoom | Members will assemble online for guided discussions designed for sharing and reflecting on the first few chapters of the book.
- Meetup #2: Talk with the Author, February 17, 4 pm ET via Zoom | At the close of the reading period, author Richard Rothstein will share his personal story and motivations for writing the book; and engage in a discussion about advancing equity within real estate and land use.
- Weekly Thought Prompts | In weekly emails, the author will offer observations and questions to guide your reading. Weekly emails will align with the suggested reading schedule.
READ WITH US
- Participation is free with registration.
- Participants will receive a Book Club 101 kickoff email, along with the suggested reading schedule; links to access the virtual meetups; and eight weekly email thought prompts.
- Each meetup is scheduled for 75 minutes and starts promptly at 4 pm ET.
- Reading the book or listening to the audiobook is recommended but not required to participate in meetups and discussions.
SPEAKERS (additional speakers may be announced)
Richard Rothstein, Author
Richard Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley). In addition to The Color of Law, he is the author of numerous titles at the intersection of race, social equity and public education.