L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



“The Color of Law”: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

The Wilder School and Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia are co-sponsoring a lecture by Richard Rothstein, author of the critically acclaimed book, "The Color of Law," on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m., in VCU's T. Edward Temple Building, 901 W. Main St., Room 1160.

 He will speak on the history of government reinforced segregation in America. Afterwards, copies of "The Color of Law" will be available for sale as well as an autograph session with Rothstein. The event is free and open to the public.

"The Color of Law" documents the ways that American local, state and federal governments systematically imposed residential segregation through zoning, public housing, builder subsidies, tax exemptions, court orders and routing of highways. At his lecture, Rothstein will examine the ways these policies negatively affected African-American communities, and how we are still seeing the repercussions today.

Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California-Berkeley.