Upcoming Community Book Read: The Color of Law

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Why does affordable housing matter, and what does it impact? Those topics, and more, will be the focus of a community book read coming up on Monday, January 28.

The book is called The Color of Law, and it’s described as “the forgotten history of how our government segregated America.” The author, Richard Rothstein, and a panel of local stakeholders will talk about Charlotte’s affordable housing issues.

A community advocate talked with WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty about how his family’s work in social justice issues led to a focus on affordable housing. “We realized that the basis of all that is housing. Housing affects the issues we have with our schools, it has everything to do with 50 out of 50 on mobility, so those are all related to neighborhoods and housing and how that’s set up,” says Peter Kelly. He is on the Affordable Housing Committee at Myers Park United Methodist Church.

More than 700 people are signed up so far for the Monday, January 28 event. It’s at First Baptist Church – West Sanctuary on Oaklawn Avenue. It’s from 7 to 9 pm. You don’t have to read the book to attend. Go to www.ColorOfLawCLT.com for more information.