On Wednesday, July 1st at 7 PM, join author, educator and archivist Linda Gartz for an evening of discussion. Linda's award-winning book, Redlined: a Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago, connects the dots between today’s racial profiling and inequities to the government policy of redlining. Most recently, we've seen Black America die at double the rates of whites from Covid-19, and George Floyd’s murder aroused world-wide protests against systemic racism, like redlining.
Register for this free event here. Attendees must register to participate in this live, online event, which will take place on Zoom. You will receive a link to participate by email one day prior to the event. Check out the library's Zoom guide to prepare for the event. No Library Card Required.
In this live Zoom talk and discussion, Linda will trace redlining to its roots, read short excerpts from Redlined, and speak about the federal government’s redlining policies that separated America into Black and White. She'll also share digitized versions of original 1940s redlining maps. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.
This event is co-sponsored by The Book Stall. Purchase a copy from us here.
About the book: 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. But Linda's parents choose to stay in their integrating neighborhood, overcoming previous prejudices as they meet and form friendships with their African American neighbors. Years later, Linda discovers long-hidden letters, diaries, documents, and family archives. She immerses herself in these and books on racial change in American neighborhoods to deliver a riveting story of a community fractured by racial turmoil. CBS's Bill Kurtis says, “In this compelling journey into the depths of racism, Linda Gartz peels back the onion of America’s original sin to a new level in a captivating personal story told through the lives of her Chicago family."
About the author: Six-time Emmy-honored Linda Gartz is a documentary producer & author of the award-winning book, Redlined. Her TV work has been aired on all the major networks and Investigation Discovery. She produced videos hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou. Gartz’s work has been published in local and national magazines and newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune. She earned her BA and MAT from Northwestern University and studied at the University of Munich. Visit her website to learn more.
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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.