- Created: Friday, 29 June 2018 08:33
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
For Greg McMoore, 4th Avenue in South Minneapolis is more than a line on a map; it’s a thread in his family’s history.
Last week, McMoore was among nearly 200 participants who launched the “Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed” series with a unique event focused on adding a tapestry of personal memories to a unique mapping project that connects past racist policies to current challenges around housing equity.
Co-hosted by Sabathani Community Center and Mapping Prejudice, “Mapping Neighborhood History: Reclaiming & Reframing Fair Housing” acknowledged that 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. It invited residents to learn more about the history and impetus of fair housing laws, and share knowledge about the history of their family and neighborhood.
After introductions from Cindy Booker, Sabathani’s Executive Director, and Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis Councilmember for the 8th Ward, Kirsten Delegard set the stage for the night’s activity by explaining the work of Mapping Prejudice. “We’re making a new kind of map,” she explained. “This map will make structural racism visible. It will serve as a window on the histories of racism and white privilege that have been willfully forgotten by many people in Minneapolis.”