On Thursday, February 28, from 4:00 – 5:30, Tackling T.I.N.A. will host a public conversation on the topic of residential segregation in the Lehigh Valley. This free public event focuses on how the region’s housing industry continues to segregate neighborhoods by race in the twenty-first century. It has been over 100 years since W. E. B. Du Bois proclaimed that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line.” Today, the nation remains marked by this color line in all aspects of American life, which is especially visible in our contemporary housing practices. The map below (2015) shows just how deeply segregated the Lehigh Valley continues to be to this day. During this discussion, we will consider how and why this continues to happen despite many laws designed to restrict such practices. We will use a short reading from Richard Rothstein’s new book on the subject, The Color of Law (2017), to help us make sense of this troubling trend. The excerpt is available for free below.


  • Read: Selections from Richard Rothstein The Color of Law (2017) –  You can download the excerpts here or purchase the book to support the author.
  • View: Mapping Segregation (2015) to see how modern cities are impacted by racial segregation. You can interact with the map and even zoom into the Lehigh Valley to see how redlining effects us here.

Community Facilitators

  • Friends of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley.

Save the Date:

  • When: Thursday, February 28, from 4:00 – 5:30
  • Where: St Luke’s Lutheran Church (417 N 7th St, Allentown, PA 18102)

Feature Image Credit: “Mapping Segregation,” by The New York Times

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