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The Color Tax - Origins of the Modern Day Racial Wealth Gap

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Free Film Screening of "The Color Tax - Origins of the Modern Day Racial Wealth Gap"

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How and why did so many of Chicago’s Black communities fall into disrepair during the 1950s and 1960s, while surrounding White areas created middle class wealth that continues to compound today?

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Join the Chicago South Side Film Festival, the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Office of Community Affairs, and Chicago Beyond for a special screening of The Color Tax.

The 40-minute documentary film tells the story of how a decades-long system of predatory home contract sales, in the words of journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, “plundered” hard-earned wealth from the pockets of Chicago’s Black families who were denied equity-building mortgages given to their White counterparts.

Discover who peddled the contracts, how and why they were allowed to do it, and what happened when Black families organized to fight back in one of Chicago’s most heart-wrenching and perilous grassroots campaigns for racial and social justice — an inspiration to those tackling the racial wealth gap now.

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Moderated by Liz Dozier - Founder & CEO of Chicago Beyond and acclaimed former principal of Fenger High School.

Lolly Bowean - Chicago Tribune Reporter who covers race, poverty, and Chicago’s African-American Community

Dr. Lionel Kimble Jr. - Associate Professor of History at Chicago State University and President of the Chicago Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Dr. Clinton Boyd Jr. - Sociologist and Postdoctoral Associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University

Bruce Orenstein - Artist in Residence at Duke University and Producer/Director of The Color Tax

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