Feb 22Black History and Housing
“Everything hinges on education. Without it, you can’t advocate for proper health care, for housing, for a civil rights bill that ensures your rights.”—Susan L. Taylor
Black History Month is a time to look to the past for contemplation and the present with inspiration. To better understand the relationship between race and housing, here’s a list of films, videos, and books that explore housing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
MUST-SEE FILMS + VIDEOS
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” — Malcolm X
70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green – The Demolition of Public Housing in Chicago
2. Housing Segregation In Everything (NPR)
3. A Matter of Place
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Moving toward Integration – The Past and Future of Fair Housing by Richard H. Sander, Yana A. Kucheva, and Jonathan M. Zasloff
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
- Not A Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America by Peter Edelman
Mercy Housing’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Steering Committee have offered the following reading list of inspiring African-American authors:
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- Roots by Alex Haley
- Salvation: Black People and Love by Bell Hooks
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
- Uncle Tom’s Children by Richard Wright
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