June 17, 2020 Rapid Response

Beyond Redlining: Black Lives Matter and Community Development

Racial discrimination in mortgage lending in the 1930s shaped the demographic and wealth patterns of American communities today, a new study shows, with 3 out of 4 neighborhoods “redlined” on government maps 80 years ago continuing to struggle economically.

A recent study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition indicates that the overwhelming majority of neighborhoods marked “hazardous” in red ink on maps drawn by the federal Home Owners’ Loan Corp. from 1935 to 1939 are much more likely than other areas today to consist of lower-income, minority residents. This panel of expert legal professionals addressed the long term impacts of redlining on community development, housing, education, and economic justice.

Panelists

  •  Patricia Broussard, Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law
  • Audrey McFarlane, Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development and Dean Julius Isaacson Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Jessica Etienne, Assistant State Attorney, Florida’s 17th Judicial Circuit
  • Renee Hatcher, Assistant Professor of Law, UIC John Marshall School of Law; Director, Community Enterprise & Solidarity Economy Clinic, UIC John Marshall School of Law
  • Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Moderator

  • Kelecia Njaka, President, Barry Black Law Students Association, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Barry University
  • Diamond Griffith, Barry Black Law Students Association, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Barry University

Resources

Transcript: Beyond Redlining: Black Lives Matter and Community Development

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