AUTHORS RICHARD ROTHSTEIN AND MEHRSA BARADARAN TO PRESENT AT 16TH ANNUAL BLACK NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE
Richard Rothstein and Mehrsa Baradaran are two of the well-known scholars that will present at this year’s Black New England Conference.
Richard Rothstein who wrote The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, will be interviewed by former WMUR host Shelley Walcott. The Color of Law talks about how federal, state, and local governments have enacted laws and policies that have had a profound and lasting impact on Black families’ ability to accumulate wealth. Rothstein is a Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute; and Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In addition to The Color of Law, Rothstein is the author of Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right, Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap.
Mehrsa Baradaran, who will deliver the lunchtime address on Friday, October 21 at 12:30pm, is author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap. Her book makes clear that housing segregation, racism, Jim Crow, redlining and other public policies created and maintain an inescapable, but hard to detect, economic trap for Black communities. Baradaran’s work has received significant national and international media coverage and have been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Slate, American Banker, the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times; on National Public Radio’s “Marketplace,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” and Public Broadcasting Service’s “NewsHour;” and as part of TEDxUGA. She has advised U.S. Senators and Congressmen on policy, testified before the U.S. Congress, and spoken at national and international forums like the U.S. Treasury and the World Bank.
The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire will be holding the 16th Annual Black New England Conference on October 21-22 at Southern NH University in Manchester. The theme this year, Where the Money Resides: An Exploration of Racialized Access & Historic Exclusion from Wealth, will not only highlight the legal framework that supported barriers to wealth for non-whites (racial zoning, redlining, school segregation, and government-sanctioned racism) but will also celebrate the success stories of individuals and institutions that serve as beacons of hope for current generations.
The Black New England Conference is an annual meeting of academics, artists, activists and community members. It is an opportunity to share history, insights and research on Black experiences locally and globally.
For more information on the conference including scheduling, conference panels, registration and cost please go to https://blackheritagetrailnh.