You’re Invited to Community Advocates Public Policy Institute’s
10th Anniversary Celebration
April 26 at the Milwaukee Public Museum
Understanding the Roots and Legacy of Housing Segregation
with The Color of Law’s Richard Rothstein and Local Historian Reggie Jackson
To mark our first decade and kick off our second, on April 26, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute will host a special night at the Milwaukee Public Museum featuring keynote speaker Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. To provide a local perspective on housing segregation in Milwaukee, historian Reggie Jackson, Head Griot of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, will be our special guest.
“We believe that in order to create a better future, we must understand our past,” said Kari Lerch, Deputy Director of Community Advocates Public Policy Institute. “We want to provide our community the opportunity to explore the impact hat housing segregation has had on the Milwaukee area and the nation as a whole. Then, we can reduce longstanding disparities and increase access and opportunity.”
Here’s what you can expect:
VIP Reception, 6 p.m.: Sponsors and individuals with VIP tickets will be able to meet Rothstein and Jackson in an intimate gathering at the Milwaukee Public Museum with light refreshments from 6 to 7 p.m., before the main program begins. Individual VIP tickets, which include admission to the VIP Reception, the Main Event, and the Mix & Mingle, are $210.
Main Event, 7 p.m.: All guests will attend attend Rothstein’s and Jackson’s presentations on the roots and legacy of local and national policies creating residential segregation. Individual general admission tickets to the Main Event and Mix & Mingle are $55.
Mix & Mingle, 8 p.m.: All guests will enjoy private, after-hours access to Milwaukee Public Museum’s recently renovated Streets of Old Milwaukee, which provides an environment in which guests can reflect on the past in order to transform the future. Our mix and mingle, with desserts and coffee, will conclude at 9 p.m. Admission to the Mix & Mingle is included with all ticket purchases.
Individual tickets are on sale now. Deadline for RSVPs is April 12, so purchase your individual VIP or general admission ticket today!
Haven’t read The Color of Law yet? Boswell Book Co. will be on hand to sell copies, which Rothstein has graciously agreed to sign that evening.
About Community Advocates Public Policy Institute: Community Advocates established the Public Policy Institute in 2008 to work toward preventing and reducing poverty while improving the quality of life for individuals and families in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. The Public Policy Institute targets poverty in a number of ways – we try to reduce it through changes to relevant public policies and laws; we try to prevent its effects through public health efforts; and we work to increase opportunity and wellness for low-income people by fostering factors related to success, resilience and well-being. Read more about our history here.
About Richard Rothstein: Rothstein is a research associate of the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley). He is the author of The Color of Law, which recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogeneous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation. The Color of Law was a finalist on the long list for the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2017.
About Reggie Jackson: Jackson is an educator, public speaker, and writer concerning equal rights and Black history, as well as Chief Griot and leader at the America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee. In 2017, Jackson received the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award.