BLB Partnership Virtual Event: The Color of Law and Better Homes of South Bend

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

St Joseph County Public Library Event Registration Required - Here

This is a hybrid virtual and in-person event. At this time, tickets for in-person have all been claimed. The link will show availablity for both.

Dr. Judith L. Fox, clinical professor of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, and Gabrielle Robinson, author of Better Homes of South Bend, discuss past and present housing inequity.

Please join us for this hybrid discussion (virtual and in-person), the 5th in our bi-monthly series addressing how our community and society can work toward true inclusion. Register using the button on the SJCPL event page in order to receive the Zoom link via email.

Our experts will focus on the issues covered in The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein with a focus on social justice in housing as well as the current housing situation in our community and our country.

The Color of Law reveals just how the U.S. arrived at the "systematic racial segregation we find in metropolitan areas today," focusing in particular on the role of government. While remaining cognizant of recent changes in legislation and implementation, Rothstein is keenly alert to the continuing effects of past practices. He leads the reader through Jim Crow laws, sundown towns, restrictive covenants, blockbusting, law enforcement complicity, and subprime loans. This compassionate and scholarly diagnosis of past policies and prescription for our current racial maladies shines a bright light on some shadowy spaces. 

Judith L. Fox, J.D., clinical professor of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, has practiced consumer law for 20 years and has an extensive record of scholarship and community-based work in issues of foreclosures, debt collection, and predatory lending in St. Joseph County. She leads the University’s Economic Justice Clinic that provides legal assistance to individuals whose incomes make it difficult for them to obtain counsel.

Gabrielle Robinson is a renowned and prolific local author whose works include Api's Berlin Diaries, as well as Better Homes of South Bend: An American Story of Courage.

Relevant Reads: The Journey to Inclusion series is a joint partnership between the St. Joseph County Public Library, the University of Notre Dame, Brain Lair Books and a variety of community partners.

While a book purchase is not required to attend, your event book purchases allows us to continue participating in our community, to give more books to schools and other facilities, to keep our staff employed, to host book clubs, and more.  If you don't need a copy, please consider purchasing a copy as a gift. Thank you. Kathy

Event address: 
This is a Virtual Event
SJCPL Registration Required - see link in description
South Bend, IN 46616
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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631494536
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - Ships in 3 - 6 days.
Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

New York Times Bestseller • Notable Book of the Year • Editors' Choice Selection
One of Bill Gates’ “Amazing Books” of the Year
One of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Best Books of the Year
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
An NPR Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction

Better Homes of South Bend: An American Story of Courage (American Heritage) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467118651
Availability: Available to Ship - Usually ships in 2 - 5 days.
Published: History Press - September 7th, 2015