Presented by Richard Rothstein, distinguished fellow, Economic Policy Institute; and senior fellow, emeritus, at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Haas Institute at UC Berkeley

Combining legal research and human stories, Richard Rothstein’s book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, shows how America’s cities came to be racially divided through de jure (explicit laws enacted by governments), not de facto (individual prejudices, income differences or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies), segregation.

In this Kinder Institute Forum Lecture, Rothstein discusses how laws and policies at the federal, state, and local levels have promoted and enforced the residential racial segregation that exists today, and offers strategies on how to correct these injustices.

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America will be on sale at the Museum before and after the program. A book signing follows the talk.

This program is free! Reserve your spot online via the Kinder Institute.

About the Kinder Institute Forum Lecture Series
The Kinder Institute Forum Lectures are organized by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Established in 2010, the institute advances the understanding of critical issues facing Houston and other leading U.S. urban centers through scientific research, educational programs, and public outreach with the goal of developing more humane and sustainable cities.

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