The Houston Seminar presents A House and a Home: Reckoning with Racial Disparity in Property Ownership
The notion of home is powerful. People are ever more aware of this during pandemic quarantines, natural disasters, and times when people are excluded, displaced, or erased by the forces of capital. What happens when large and unfairly structured systems conspire to make a home unsafe, unlivable, or unobtainable? The speakers will help us to understand the legacy and cost of land inequality and why it matters to all of us.
Andrea Roberts is an urban planner who researches intentional communities built by Black people. Her experience in community development under Houston mayors Bill White and Annise Parker inform her efforts to move disappearing African American communities - facing sprawl, gentrification, and resource extraction - from the margin to the center of public discourse. A scholar activist, she founded the Texas Freedom Colonies Project, a research and social justice initiative that has developed an online atlas of unmapped Black settlements in Texas.