Richard Rothstein Discusses his book The Color of Law


Peter Wege Auditorium

1130 Wealthy St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Starts: 3:30pm
Doors: 3:00PM
Duration: 1 hours

Richard Rothstein Discusses his book The Color of Law

The Calvin College Department of Sociology and Social Work with Inner City Christian Federation invite you to hear the 2019 Bouma Lecturer, Richard Rothstein, discuss his new book, The Color of Law. Rothstein will dive into the dark history of how American laws and policies created the racially divided cities we live in today. In collaboration with this free event, those interested in urban planning, community building, gentrification, and/or city living are invited to attend Grand Rapids' New Urbanism Film Festival. Both events will be hosted at the Wealthy Theatre with the free lecture beginning at 3:30 pm (doors open at 3:00 pm) and the film festival beginning at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm). Tickets for the New Urbanism Film Festival are only $5.


About the book - In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation―that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation―the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments―that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review).



Please note: Seating for the Richard Rothstein discussion will be first-come, first-served when doors open at 3pm.