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Redlining, Restrictive Covenants and the Fair Housing Act
Sunday, March 29    2 pm 

 

Disenfranchisement and housing discrimination against African Americans in the United States has a long history. Racial covenants in urban environments span the 19th century. A prime example in the 1930s was the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, a federal agency that instituted a ratings system to inform potential buyers about the neighborhoods in which there were properties for sale. Using the term “hazardous,” communities of color were marked with the color red.

This was the beginning of “redlining,” a demarcation that made it difficult for homeowners to get the loans necessary for purchase or upkeep.

Assembly member and Berkeley pharmacist William Byron Rumford is featured in our African Americans in Berkeley exhibit. Although he successfully facilitated the passing of the Fair Housing Act, the practice of redlining continued.

Please join us for this 67-minute film. Judge Trina Thompson will be present to talk about the history and effects of redlining in the state of California. 

The exhibit will be open for viewing before the film, from 1:00 to 1:55 pm.


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