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The Struggle for Equality: Overcoming a Segregated Past
January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Sponsored by: APA Illinois Chapter
In his famous, I Have a Dream speech, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.” However, nearly sixty years after King’s vital words, American cities remain segregated by race and income largely due to long-standing discriminatory land-use, housing, and transportation policy. In the wake of a nationwide reckoning around race, political leaders and urban planners are starting to recognize the negative impact of maintaining such policies has on the social and economic well-being of cities. Planners are now thinking critically about how best to use urban planning as a tool to advance social equity.
Using the Metropolitan Planning Council’s (MPC) Cost of Segregation as a basis, this session aims to unpack Chicago’s unique history of racial segregation and discuss ways to implement change that ensures a more equitable future for all Chicagoans. In celebration of MLK’s legacy, join our dynamic panel in this important discussion. The panel includes WBEZ Senior Editor Alden Loury, Chicago Housing Commissioner Marisa Novara, and Shermann Thomas, AKA “Dilla the Urban Historian,” with moderation from ESRI’s Yolanda Richards.