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The Green Book And Black Travel In America

Jan 20, 2020
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Often called the “bible of black travel,” The Green Book wasn’t just a convenient handbook for travelers, but also a lifesaver at a time when travel for black Americans was difficult and dangerous.

In cities around the country, if you want to understand the history of a neighborhood, you might want to do the same thing you'd do to measure human health: Check its temperature.

That's what a group of researchers did, and they found that neighborhoods with higher temperatures were often the same ones subjected to discriminatory, race-based housing practices nearly a century ago.

Zoning practices around Cuyahoga County are contributing to housing inequality and racial segregation, according to a study by the nonprofit advocacy group Fair Housing Center for Rights and Research.

The analysis of zoning ordinances in all but one of the county’s municipalities and townships found cities with a larger white population and higher average income often had more single-family homes.

When it comes to children's prospects in life, the neighborhoods where they grow up matter a lot. Schools, safety, access to healthy food, places to play are all things that help to shape their futures.

Now, new data from the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University reveal a sharp racial divide in access to such opportunities in almost every major metropolitan area of the country.

Toni Shorter Smith and her mother-in-law Reita Bynum Smith.
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Preserving African American history has many challenges. That's why many saw it as a victory when two buildings from Poindexter Village were saved from demolition. The two buildings on Columbus’s Near East Side are being preserved as a museum exploring one of the nation’s first public housing programs and the tight-knit community it created.

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The day after former Vice President Joe Biden recalled his "civil" and productive working relationships decades ago with two longtime segregationist and racist fellow lawmakers, fellow Democrats are pouncing.

At a New York City fundraiser Tuesday night, Biden told donors he has reached across the aisle throughout his career. "I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland," Biden said, according to a pool report. "He never called me 'boy'; he always called me 'son.' "

An artistic rendering of the planned Upper Arlington High School. A historic African-American cemetery sits below the parking lot.
Upper Arlington School District

Construction on the new Upper Arlington High School was set to start in April, but concerns over an African-American cemetery buried beneath the campus have the school district confronting the community's past.

Pollution, much like wealth, is not distributed equally in the United States.

Scientists and policymakers have long known that black and Hispanic Americans tend to live in neighborhoods with more pollution of all kinds, than white Americans. And because pollution exposure can cause a range of health problems, this inequity could be a driver of unequal health outcomes across the U.S.

U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty poses for a photo in front of the newly-renamed Rosa Parks Way in downtown Columbus on Feb. 24, 2019.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

North High Street between Broad and Gay streets was ceremonially renamed "Rosa Parks Way" on Monday morning.

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Of the 600-plus public school districts in Ohio, more than three-quarters have open enrollment policies. That means they accept and educate students who live outside of their district boundaries.

Redlining in Columbus

Apr 6, 2018
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The Columbus Urban League has been fighting discriminatory housing practices in Columbus for the past century. One of the issues they focus on is redlining, the illegal practice of refusing loans to those living in certain areas or with certain characteristics.

Join us today as we discuss redlining and the Columbus Urban League's efforts to combat it.

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Linda Brown, who as a schoolgirl was at the center of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that rejected racial segregation in American schools, died in Topeka, Kan., Sunday afternoon. She was 76.

Her sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson, confirmed the death to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Redlining in Columbus

Feb 27, 2018
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The Columbus Urban League has been fighting discriminatory housing practices in Columbus for the past century. One of the issues they focus on is redlining, the illegal practice of refusing loans to those living in certain areas or with certain characteristics.

Join us today as we discuss redlining and the Columbus Urban League's efforts to combat it.

Gentrification is no longer something that just happens in low-income neighborhoods. As the phenomenon displaces communities of color, from Inglewood to Washington, D.C., "gentrification" has been co-opted to include food and culture as well. So, what does the loaded term really mean?

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