Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, Inc. (GBCHRB) June, 2002 / Vol. 8, No. 3


A newsletter about fair housing, community development, and neighborhood quality of life


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Census 2000 Finds Slightly Less Residential Concentration of African-Americans in Some Counties -With Notable Exceptions. A study released by the Maryland Department of Planning ( detailed the impact of comparatively larger percentages of blacks, Asian Americans, and other minorities. In the Baltimore region, the proportion of blacks living in majority black neighborhoods declined from 74.8% to 69.4% between 1990-2000 - but Baltimore County increased from 49.8% to 58.4%, while Howard & Harford had smaller shifts.

AARP Lawsuit Settlement Nets $60 Million from California Mortgage Lender. Largest Ever Negotiated by Federal Trade Commission. The settlement with the First Alliance Mortgage Company will return $2500-$3300 each to borrowers in 18 states. First Alliance charged astronomical loan origination fees of 10-25% of the total loan amount, deliberately misrepresented terms, and used high-pressure sales tactics & deceptive claims. (AARP Bulletin, May, 2002:18)


The Maryland Department of Planning's Maryland State Data Center Has Released Census 2000 Data on Its Website. The following data is posted for the State, all individual counties, and various cities and towns: income and poverty, population, race, household characteristics. This website, including much more data and studies, is located at: is an Excellent Website. Info: civil rights issues, a large library, press releases, news & events, civil rights calendar, etc. Try it:

Concerned About Civil Rights and Race Relations? Subscribe to The Crisis, Founded in 1910 by W. E. B. DuBois. Better Yet, Join the NAACP & Receive The Crisis as Part of membership. Check out the website - - or make a local call - telephone: 410-580-5137. Join the NAACP 866-63-NAACP or A regular adult membership is $30, with youth $15.

A Training on Universal Design of Information & Technology Will Be Held on July 22-25, 2002, at the Trace Center, Madison, Wisconsin. Cost is $1495. Telephone: 608-262-8848.

TV Worth Watching!?! Local! Community, Improvements, Housing, Neighborhoods, Living, People, Rights! The GBCHRB's Neighborhood Beat is on various cable-TV stations. The 30-minute interview show runs on Channel 21 & 8 in Baltimore City, 99 in Anne Arundel County, 71 in Baltimore County, 3 in Carroll, and 3 & 7 in Harford! Call us at 410-453-9500 or the stations for the show's days and times!


As Maryland gets hot and summery sticky, here is a collection of various tomes to consider reading this summer in the air-conditioning. Bon appétit!

The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism. by Debra Van Ausdale & Joe R. Feagin. Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. 240pp. pbk. $18.95. Interesting historical examination of a racially diverse day care center, with the disturbing finding that many of the children aged 3-6 themselves were racially discriminatory and hostile. The authors thus challenge the "youthful innocent" theories.

Black Robes, White Justice: Why Our Legal System Doesn't Work for Blacks. by Bruce Wright. Kensington Publishing Corp., 2002. 214pp. pbk. $14.00. The New York Supreme Court Justice argues that most judges - male, white, and middle-class - have "no understanding of racism or its influence on their thinking or conduct." Good follow-up to Wright's Black Justice in a White World: A Memoir (Barricade, 1996. $20.00)

Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement. by Constance Curry et. al. University of Georgia Press, 2002. 400pp. pbk. $19.95. The powerful, oral recollections of 1960s young female Civil Rights activists; while pursuing various occupations since, most still remain committed to social justice. A multitude of perspectives emerge, illumining the historical period.

How Race is Lived in America: Pulling Together, Pulling Apart. by Correspondents of the New York Times. New York: Times Books, 2002. 416pp. pbk. $16.00. Some 15 reporter's widely-ranging stories - originally a series in the Times - exploring the American racial dilemma, with both positive indications of reconciliation and negative misunderstandings and anger.

Hate Crime: The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas. by Joyce King. Pantheon Books, 2002. 240pp. $24.00. A journalistic chronicle of the horrific 1998 crime that briefly captured the attention of a distracted people.

The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy. by Lani Guinier & Gerald Torres. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002. 336pp. $27.95. Interesting examination of race in America: its causes, status, and possible solutions. A mixture of very personal examples, hard data, and analysis.

Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson. by Robert A. Caro. Knopf, 2002. 1152pp. $35.00. Meticulous, almost exhaustive, examination of LBJ's 1950-1960 Senate career. Perhaps his greatest achievement during this time was the 1957 Civil Rights Act, in many ways Johnson's coldly calculated means to the Presidency but a solid step forward in the struggle for civil rights.

Not Yet Published:

American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century. by Gary Gerstle. Princeton University Press, October, 2002. 472pp. pbk. $19.95. Socio-cultural examination of the past 100 years of our national multicultural citizenship "melting pot," and how often the ideal has not been attained.

The Color of Credit: What is Known About Discrimination in Mortgage Lending. by Stephen L. Ross & John Yinger. Cambridge: MIT Press, January, 2003.


Marvin M. Polokoff, Civil Rights Lawyer, 81. Without charge, Polokoff in the 1960s challenged laws preventing blacks and whites from playing tennis together in Druid Hill Park & represented those arrested in the 1963 demonstrations ending segregation at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. He also supported the ACLU's work; defended union strikers; worked with the Reverend Myer Tobey, a Jesuit, fighting for the dignity of prison inmates; and, during the Baltimore 1968 riots Polokoff defended many of the people who were arrested. (Baltimore Sun, April 20, 2002:4B)


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