Join us: A conversation about issues impacting our communities

UNC Charlotte in collaboration with the UNC Press presents:
‘As a Matter of Fact’ – Conversations with UNC Press Authors

Join Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, on Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. in conversation with UNC Charlotte’s Dr. Lori Thomas about Taylor’s 2019 book, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership.

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A finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in History and longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award, Race for Profit uncovers how exploitative real estate practices continued well after housing discrimination was banned. New policies meant to encourage low-income homeownership created new methods to exploit Black homeowners. By the end of the 1970s, the nation’s first programs to encourage Black homeownership ended with tens of thousands of foreclosures in Black communities across the country. Narrating the story of a sea-change in housing policy and its dire impact on African Americans, Race for Profit reveals how the urban core was transformed into a new frontier of cynical extraction.

About the Talk

‘As a Matter of Fact’ is a virtual conversation with a UNC Press author and a UNC Charlotte faculty member about issues impacting our communities. This interactive talk will provide ample opportunity for audience questions and discussion. Attendees must register no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Registrants will receive a link to join the talk.

About the Author

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University and author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation and How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. For more information about Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, visit the UNC Press Author Page.

About the UNC Charlotte faculty

Dr. M. Lori Thomas is the director of research and faculty engagement at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, where she also serves as director for the Institute for Social Capital. Dr. Thomas is an associate professor of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Services. She is currently leading the evaluation of Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Charlotte’s effort to end chronic homelessness.