Redlining’s Racist Effects: How Decisions from 1930s Impacts us in 2020s
Wednesday, February 8, 7pm
$10 General & $5 Museum members
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In the 1930s President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) as part of the New Deal. Its purpose was to refinance home mortgages in default to avoid foreclosure, as well as to expand home-buying opportunities. But instead, HOLC became a key promoter of redlining, driving racial residential segregation and racial wealth inequality in the United States that would have lasting repercussions on communities and families decades later. In Cleveland, historic inequities persist to this day and there is work yet to be done. Join Moderator Ayonna Blue Donald, former director of Cleveland’s Department of Building and Housing, in conversation with Joy D. Johnson, Executive Director of Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc.; Kevin J. Nowak, Executive Director of Cleveland Housing Network; and Councilwoman Stephanie Howse, Cleveland City Council Representative for Ward 7, in conversation about redlining’s racist effects on Cleveland from the 1930s to the 2020s, with an open dialogue about building a more equitable tomorrow.