The City of Columbia and local partners have worked together to host four virtual sessions on the book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. The purpose of these sessions is to explore the concepts presented in the book to understand their role in shaping Columbia and explore ways we can address the effects of past policies to create a more equitable community.
The first session's discussion will be centered around gentrification and how Columbia’s neighborhoods changed because of it. Panelists for the first session include:
• Warren Bolton, Retired Associate Editor, The State, Moderator
• Franchot Brown, Former Waverly Resident
• Joe Darby, Former Wheeler Hill Resident
• Rebecca Liebson, Reporter covering Columbia housing, The State
• Stuart Andrews, Civil Rights Attorney
Session 2 will be held on January 7, 2020, where the topic will be the effects of redlining on today’s disparities.
Session 3 will be held on January 21, 2020, featuring a discussion with The Color of Law author Richard Rothstein (Sponsored by Dominion Energy and South Carolina Humanities).
Session 4 will be held on February 4, 2020, where the topic is Where Do We Go from Here: Innovative Solutions from Today’s Mayors.
Additional details for these sessions will be provided closer to their dates.