We welcome Emmy Award-winning TV producer and author Linda Gartz for a discussion of her fascinating new book, Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago. Set on Chicago's West Side against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, it exposes the racist lending rules that refused mortgages to anyone in the areas with even one black resident. But Ms. Gartz's parents chose to stay in their integrating neighborhood, overcoming previous prejudices as they met and formed friendships with their African-American neighbors.
"Fearless and precise in her rendering of the intimate truths of her family, rigorous in her analysis of the banking and housing industries, Gartz has written a book that is impossible to put down. . . . An extraordinary achievement."
--Sharon Solwitz, author of Once, in Lourdes
Six-time Emmy-honored Linda Gartz is a documentary producer, author, blogger, educator, and archivist. Her documentaries and TV productions have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and Investigation Discovery, syndicated nation-wide. Her educational videos include Begin with Love, hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Grandparenting, hosted by Maya Angelou. Gartz's articles and essays have been published in literary journals, online, and in local and national magazines and newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune. Born in Chicago, she studied at both Northwestern and the University of Munich, and has lived most of her adult life in Evanston, IL. She earned her B.A. and M.A.T. degrees from Northwestern.
Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refuse mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident. As blacks move deeper into Chicago's West Side during the 1960s, whites flee by the thousands.