This Friday Forum is part of our series, "We Call This Home: Wealth, Home Ownership, and Race."
The hidden cost of being African American in the United States includes an unrelenting cycle of intergenerational poverty for many families. In his forthcoming book, Thomas Shapiro reveals how "The lack of family assets along with continuing racial discrimination in crucial areas like homeownership dramatically impact the everyday lives of many black families, reversing gains earned in schools and on jobs, and perpetuating the cycle of poverty in which far too many find themselves trapped."
He will join Rev. DeForest Soaries, a lifelong advocate for wealth-building in African American communities, former New Jersey Secretary of State, and proponent of faith-based community development under President George W. Bush. Join these two dynamic speakers to learn about the hidden costs of the racial wealth gap – and the visible solutions developed by communities in need.
We Call This Home: Wealth, Home Ownership, and Race is our yearlong series of conversations focused on one of the toughest challenges facing our growing city – How do we ensure that the decisions we make as a growing city reflect both the wisdom we've gained through our shared history of inequality, and also the visions we share for a safe, abundant, and affordable place for all to live?
We Call This Home is presented by Portland Housing Center, Agora Center for Journalism at the University of Oregon, City Club of Portland, EcoNorthwest, Oregon Humanities, and North Star Civic Foundation, with generous support from JP Morgan Chase.