The Housing and Community Development Division is excited to host a screening of Episode III in the documentary series, The Shame of Chicago - The Color Tax. Premiering last year at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, The Color Tax tells the story of how a system of predatory home contract sales during the 1950s and 1960s plundered enormous sums of wealth from the pockets of black families seeking homeownership. But unlike what happened in other cities, Chicago’s families fought back in one of city’s most heart-wrenching and perilous campaigns for racial and economic justice. Reverend William Barber, co-director of the National Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival writes, “The Color Tax paints with vivid clarity perhaps America's most striking example of systemic racism.”
After the screening there will be a moderated discussion around fair housing, exclusionary housing policies and the impacts on minority communities nationwide.
Angela Brooks, AICP, is the Director of the Illinois Program for the Corporation of Supportive Housing. Brooks is a native of Seattle and a graduate of Jackson State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, and the University of New Orleans, where she received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. An active member of APA since graduate school, Brooks has held numerous leadership positions including current At-Large Board Member of the APA, past chair of the Housing and Community Development Division, vice president of programs for the Planning and the Black Community Division, chair of the Diversity Task Force, and co-chair of the Housing Policy Guide. She has also served on the City of Seattle Planning Commission and Martin Luther King County Boundary Review Board.
Bruce Orenstein is currently producing the documentary series Shame of Chicago: The Segregation of an American City. He also runs the Telling Our Stories Student Working Group at the Cook Center and teaches documentary production at the Arts of the Moving Image Program.
Orenstein founded and directed the Chicago Video Project, one of the nation’s first studios dedicated to producing organizing-driven videos for grassroots social change organizations. His television credits include the Emmy-award winning WTTW documentary No Place to Live, and the nationally broadcast PBS documentaries, The Democratic Promise: The Life and Legacy of Saul Alinsky and American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Orenstein led direct-action community organizations in low-income communities in Chicago and Seattle.
Daniel Lauber, AICP, has been working for more than 40 years as a planner and fair housing attorney to achieve stable racially and economically integrated communities. His award-winning Comprehensive Plan 1979 for Oak Park, Illinois focused on maintaining the community's fragile racial integration. His monograph Ending American Apartheid: How Cities Achieve and Maintain Racial Diversity, has been reprinted in two books as have portions of his PAS Report, Recent Cases in Exclusionary Zoning. His Analyses of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice revolutionized the field by actually providing a detailed path to achieve racial and economic integration in the subject jurisdictions.
1.5 CM Credits
Read the New Deal for Housing Justice: A set of policy recommendations to help solve the U.S. housing crisis. It identifies critical actions in the first 200 days of the new administration and Congress.
The APA Housing and Community Development Division is excited to host the second part of our series on Resilience in Vulnerable Communities. Hilton Head Island’s population was predominately Gullah Geechee people for generations until a bridge brought development in 1956. Because of this new development, Gullah Geechee people were forced out due to rising land, housing, and tax costs. A Gullah Geechee Land and Cultural Preservation Task Force was created to preserve their culture and the result of their work included 37 policy recommendations. Strategies to address cultural preservation, land management, heirs’ property and community development were included. Dr. Sheryse DuBose, with the Town of Hilton Head, will discuss how the Gullah Geechee people were instrumental in this major planning project and their plan to retain the community fabric when the native community is actively leaving. Dr. DuBose will describe the zoning measures being considered to ensure the community has access to land and the programs that exist to arrest land sales for heirs’ property.
Sheryse DuBose, Ph.D. is the Historic Neighborhoods Preservation Administrator for the Town of Hilton Head Island, leading initiatives to preserve the Island’s historic communities. She works with its Gullah residents to address land use standards and economic development. Sheryse has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Hampton University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans. She has held local government planning positions in South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. She served as a lecturer in Cultural Studies and Social Justice at the University of Tennessee, where earned a doctorate degree in education.
Dr. DuBose will demonstrate how citizen participation is critical to relocation and cultural preservation, and describe how inter-agency collaboration is critical to ensure housing affordability and infrastructure planning.
1.5 CM Credits
Presentations are available for 1.5 CM credits for live viewing only.
Sponsored by Housing Policy Debate and Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program, this virtual symposium highlights recent work published in the journal’s special issue on Smart Cities, Housing, and Community Development Policy. Seven international and national scholars will present primary research and commentaries on the topic of smart cities in relation to housing, community development, and related areas.