Resources to Help Develop Knowledge and Solutions for Tackling Racial Inequity

February 13, 2019

This month, we pay respect to Black history by sharing resources that can help deepen our understanding of racist policies and practices that affect our ability to create more equitable systems.

As the team at USICH has begun to delve more deeply into these issues, we’ve identified a variety of helpful materials, some of which we’re sharing here. Think of this as a “starter list”— we’d love to hear from you about books, articles, videos, podcasts, and other information you think we should be using, too.

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The Racial Segregation of American Cities Was Anything but Accidental, from, on the federal government’s policies intended to segregate and create suburban vs. urban enclaves.

Broken Homes: Through Decades of Housing and Zoning Regulations, Cities Have Enshrined Racial Segregation in Local Codes , from Governing Magazine, focuses on housing segregation in Illinois.

African Americans and Homelessness: Moving Through History from the Journal of Black Studies surveys Black homelessness throughout history.


Book talk with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Richard Rothstein discusses Rothstein’s book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America .


Code Switch, a podcast from NPR, explores issues of inequity, including in affordable and fair housing.

B’More Caring, a podcast that centers people experiencing homelessness in Baltimore.


Center for Social Innovation graphic on race and homelessness.

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