Lecture: Race and Dis/Investment in the Nation's Capital

Monday, September 27, 2021
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
SMITH Rehm Lib
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Lecture - Speaker
Danielle Kane
(508) 793-3869
McFarland Ctr. for Religion, Ethics and Culture

In the late 1950s, thousands of African Americans achieved the American Dream of homeownership in Washington, DC. They purchased two-story brick rowhouses in neighborhoods like Petworth and Mount Pleasant—made available as White people were leaving the city for the newly-built suburbs. The remarkable rise in homeownership among Black families in DC in the 1950s and 1960s, however, would not translate into Black middle-class stability. In this presentation, Tanya Golash-Boza, Professor of Sociology at University of California-Merced, explains that this is because multiple structural forces—creation of segregated neighborhoods, the rise in Black unemployment, disinvestment in public schools, the war on drugs, and, more recently, various forms of gentrification—worked together to create barriers for these families.

Golash-Boza is founder of the Racism, Capitalism, and the Law Lab and principal investigator of Mapping Gentrification in Washington, D.C.
Open to Campus Community Only
Categories: Sociology and Anthropology

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