The Color of Law - A Conversation with Richard Rothstein


Thursday, November 19th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm CST

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    Join ULI Northwest Arkansas and partner ULI District Councils from throughout the Central Region for a conversation with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.
    Going back to the late 19th century, the author uncovers a policy of de jure segregation in virtually every presidential administration. This "powerful and disturbing history" exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide.
    Rothstein refutes the common notion that housing segregation in the United States is the result of millions of individual private choices and instead proves with exacting precision and fascinating insight how it is the byproduct of a century of explicit racist government policies at the local, state, and federal levels. The impact has been devastating, denying generations of African Americans the constitutional right to live where they wanted, the right to raise and school their children where they thought best, and the opportunity that whites were afforded to build generational wealth through home ownership.
    Following Rothstein's remarks, Dr. James Hawkins, Licensed Professional Counselor with The Joshua Center will moderate questions from the audience and engage in conversation with Rothstein on the lasting impact of those policies in our cities today. 
    Rothstein Accolades and Awards: 
    New York Times Bestseller
    NYT Notable Book of the Year
    NYT Editors’ Choice Selection
    One of Bill Gates' "Amazing Books" of the Year
    One of Publishers Weekly's 10 Best Books of the Year
    Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
    An NPR Best Book of the Year Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction Gold Winner
    California Book Award (Nonfiction) Finalist
    Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History) Finalist
    Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize

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    Richard Rothstein

    Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute

    Richard Rothstein is the author of THE COLOR OF LAW: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. A Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In addition to his recent book, The Color of Law, he is the author of many other articles and books on race and education, which can be found at his web page at the Economic Policy Institute: Previous influential books include Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Improvement to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap, and Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right. He welcomes questions and comments at


    James Hawkins

    Counselor, The Joshua Center

    Dr. James Hawkins is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor. His passion is to help people flourish in relationships ranging from marriage & family to organizational health, and community race relationships.