|An event series marking the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act — Exploring the past, present and future of housing equity in Hennepin County communities|
For residents, community leaders and policy makers, housing has become a central and urgent issue in communities throughout Hennepin County. As diverse stakeholders come together to envision solutions that provide safe, dignified housing for all, a new event series — “Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed” — will grapple with our dark history of covenants, redlining and structural racism; and convene cross-sector, community-centered conversations to chart a course for housing equity moving forward.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, landmark legislation authored by a young Minnesota senator named Walter Mondale that sought to remedy housing discrimination through the lens of that era — addressing segregation and promoting integration. Through a multi-event series, Fair Housing Reframed will use the history of and current organizing in Hennepin County communities to explore the history of racial segregation in housing that led to the Fair Housing Act, identify how racialized barriers to housing still manifest today and create the community and political will to make change.
Co-hosted by: Sabathani Community Center, Preserve Minneapolis, Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO), Hennepin History Museum, Hennepin County Library, Jewish Community Action, University of MN- Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, UROC, African Career and Education Resources, Inc. and others.
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Opening reception August 23, 6-9 p.m., Hennepin History Museum
Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis explores the history of racial housing discrimination in Minneapolis through the stories of three black families. The exhibit demonstrates the lasting effects of structural discrimination and aims to counter the enduring idea of Minneapolis as a model metropolis. Opening reception will feature remarks from curator Denise Pike and Hennepin History Museum board member Cara Letofsky.
Exhibit runs August 23 through January 20, 2019 and is curated by Denise Pike and Kacie Lucchini Butcher, University of Minnesota’s Heritage Studies and Public History degree program; designed by Augsburg University's graphic design program Design & Agency; and hosted by Hennepin History Museum
Sept 18, 6-8 p.m. at Brooklyn Park Library
Hosted by Minnesota Housing Partnership, African Career and Resources Inc and Hennepin County Library
Sept 22, 2-4 p.m. at Minneapolis Central Library
Hosted by Minnesota Housing Partnership, TC Housing Speakers Bureau and Hennepin County Library
The voices of tenants and owners, advocates and elected officials raise the urgency and opportunity to address the loss of affordable housing in the 2016 documentary. Produced by Twin Cities PBS, in partnership with local advocates and funders, “Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk” reveals the price we all pay when families are pushed out of our communities as modestly priced units are replaced with upscale developments. Join us for two community conversations about these challenges of upscaling and displacement in communities across Hennepin County.
October 10 at Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center (UROC)
Hosted by Mapping Prejudice Project, UROC, Equity in Place
Join scholars and community members in a discussion of Minneapolis's hidden history of racial covenants in Minneapolis. The discussion will center on new research showing what communities of color have known for decades -- that structural barriers and legalized discrimination barred many people of color from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century. Part of the Racism, Rent and Real Estate series exploring the past, present and future of housing equity in Hennepin County communities, this event marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. This conversation is a partnership between UROC and the Mapping Prejudice Project based at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
From Redlining to Predatory Lending: The Racial Wealth Gap
October 16, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Minneapolis Urban League (2100 Plymouth Ave)
Hosted by Jewish Community Action, Minneapolis Urban League and partners
Join us for a panel discussion and community conversation about the lifecycle of redlining, disinvestment, predatory lending, and gentrification and displacement — a damaging cycle that runs on racial prejudice and the unregulated flow of extractive capital out of and into communities — and the set of critical interventions from government, communities and businesses that are necessary at each stage of this destructive cycle. This event will lift up the need for community-owned, deeply rooted financial institutions, businesses and housing; for government protections and incentives to make sure that productive, non-extractive services, goods and housing are available to low and moderate income residents during times of disinvestment, and protections for those residents so they are able to remain, thrive and reap the benefits of the influx of capital; and the need for community based advocacy and organizing to hold businesses and investors accountable to make investments that benefit the existing community, rather than profiting from their anticipated and engineered displacement.
October 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Sabathani Community Center
Hosted by Minnesota Housing Partnership, Mill City Consulting
Reframing Fair Housing, Reclaiming Neighborhood History
June 21, 6-8 p.m. at Sabathani Community Center
Hosted by Mapping Prejudice Project, Sabathani Community Center, Mill City Consulting
The way our neighborhoods look and feel today are a product of our shared history; one shaped by racist policies that barred households of color from homeownership and wealth accumulation for many years. In spite of these intentional barriers, like redlining and racial covenants, communities of color created and continue to build vibrant neighborhoods, rich with gathering places and family legacies that are often lost to the general public — and policy makers who make decisions that impact our lives everyday. Join us for the first gathering of the “Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed” event series to learn more about the history and impetus of fair housing laws and share your knowledge about the history of your family and neighborhood.
July 21, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hosted by Preserve Minneapolis, Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization, Mapping Prejudice
Many residents of Minneapolis believe that their city has never had any kind of formal segregation. This tour makes visible the structural racism that has undergirded the city’s urban landscape. It also illuminates the community solidarity that developed among African Americans in the face of this white hostility.
Imagery / branding by Mariana Pelaez, University Libraries Graphic Designer