Reading for Social Change

In Affordable Housing, America, Charlotte, Local Level Advocacy, National Advocacy by Amanda DeBrunLeave a Comment

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, I know I love to sit in the evenings with a good book on my lap and a warm drink at my side. If you are like me, the book on your lap usually entertains me, educates me, or takes me to a place far away from my ordinary life. This year, I am going to choose a book that just might change my life and the lives of those around me. I am reading The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein.


In an effort to educate the community on the issue of Affordable Housing and create conversation about alternative solutions, the Stan Greenspon Center is partnering with other community organizations to sponsor a community book read featuring the Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. His book documents the government’s role at every level in creating segregated communities and the public policy positions that are still informed by the mistakes of the past.

Participating is easy!

Simply pick up a free copy of the book at areas libraries listed below, go to the Color of Law website to register, and start to read. Reading tips and questions are available on the website to guide you through your reading. The Greenspon Center will host local book discussions in November and December so that we can gather and talk about what we are learning. We will also create an online discussion board to include everyone in the conversation as we work our way through the book together.


An open community discussion with Richard Rothstein will take place on January 28, 2019 at First Baptist Church West. It is our hope that through education and ongoing discussion, Charlotte will be able to make better choices regarding the public and private policy that effects housing.


Pick up your Free copy of The Color of Law today! Each library has a limited number of copies for distribution.


Uptown–Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – Main Library 310 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

North West – Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Beatties Ford Road Regional Library 2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216

North East – Charlotte Mecklenburg University Library 301 East W.T. Harris Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28262

East – Charlotte Mecklenburg Independence Regional Library 6000 Conference Drive Charlotte, North Carolina 28212

West – Charlotte Mecklenburg Morrison Regional Library 7015 Morrison Boulevard Charlotte, North Carolina 28211

South – Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – S

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