Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, Inc. (GBCHRB) August, 2001 / Vol. 7, No. 4

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Parish Boundaries : The Catholic Encounter With Race in the Twentieth-Century Urban North (Historical Studies of Urban America), by John T. McGreevy, $27.50. Hardcover - 368 pages (May 1996). University of Chicago Press. According to the publisher's description, "McGreevy's excellent history is a struggle within the church. Many priests and nuns were in the forefront of the civil rights movement. And yet, such liberals often acted without taking into account the fears and securities of the traditionally white and working-class congregations in the local parishes. McGreevy vividly brings to life this struggle within the church between a universal vision and a parochial one."

Making the Second Ghetto : Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960. (Historical Studies of Urban America), by Arnold R. Hirsch. $18.00. Paperback - 362 pages. Reprint edition (May, 1998). University of Chicago Press. Hirsch argues that in the post-depression years Chicago was a "pioneer in developing concepts and devices" for housing segregation. Hirsch shows that the legal framework for the national urban renewal effort was forged in the racial struggles waged on Chicago's South Side. His chronicle of the strategies used by ethnic, political, and business interests in reaction to the great migration of southern blacks in the 1940s describes how the violent reaction of an emergent "white" population combined with public policy to segregate the city.
Sharing America's Neighborhoods : The Prospects for Stable Racial Integration. by Ingrid Gould Ellen. $39.95. Hardcover - 240 pages (January 2001). Harvard University Press. This somewhat encouraging report on the state of racial integration shows that while the majority are indeed racially segregated, a substantial and growing number are integrated, and remain so for years. Still, many integrated neighborhoods do unravel quickly, and the book explores the root causes. The author argues racial change is driven primarily by the decision of white households not to move into integrated neighborhoods when they are moving for reasons unrelated to race - assuming that integrated neighborhoods quickly become all black and that the quality of life in them declines as a result. The author concludes that while this explanation may be less troubling than the more common focus on racial hatred and white flight, there is still a good case for government intervention to promote the stability of racially integrated neighborhoods.

Our Town : Race, Housing and the Soul of Suburbia, by David L. Kirp, John P. Dwyer, and Larry A. Rosenthal. $19.00. Paperback - 267 pages. Reprint edition (September 1997). Rutgers University Press. A well-written, exhaustively researched account of the legal battle to open New Jersey's suburbs to the poor. It tells the story of an attempt by the African-American community of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey - a community whose origins date back to the colonial period - to create affordable housing in what was then, in 1968, a largely rural, white township of southern New Jersey.


Interfaith Action for Racial Justice is Holding a Leadership Breakfast Even "Through the Census Looking Glass: Shape of the Region" on August 16, 2001, from 8-10 a.m. Dunbar Brooks of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council is the keynote speaker, and the organization's new projects will be discussed. Reservation required. $20 donation. Contact IARJ at 410-889-8333.

"Leveraging Resources for Partnerships & Progress" Conference is being held by the Maryland Center for Community Development on September 20, 2001. Location: La Fontaine Bleu, 7514 South Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. The keynote speaker is Joe Brooks, Director, Capacity Building & Civic Engagement, PolicyLink. Info: 410-752-6223.

MCIL - Making Choices for Independent Living - Will Hold Its Annual "Picnic in the Park" from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on August 11, 2001. To be held at Merritt Park (7710 Dunmanway in Dundalk), the event charges members $3 and others $5. MCIL also is holding a celebration of its 20th anniversary on September 13, 2001, from 6-9 p.m. at the Overlea Hall, 6809 Belair Road. Information: telephone 410-444-1400.


Stanley Mosk, Civil Rights Jurist, 88. For 37 years from 1964 to 2001, Mosk was a California Supreme Court Justice, writing landmark decisions on civil rights, free speech, and criminal justice. Self-described liberal Mosk established the state attorney general's civil rights division in the late 1950s. One victory was helping to persuade the Professional Golfers Association to drop its whites-only rule. (Baltimore Sun, June 21, 2001:7B)

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