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Foreclosures and the black community

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African American families in Chicago and nationwide have been hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, particularly with mortgage lenders exploiting a long history of discrimination [2] in lending and housing. But what happens when they challenge the banks that have evicted millions of families and destroyed their life savings and economic security?

That’s the subject of a new book, “A Dream Foreclosed: Black American and the Fight for a Place to Call Home,” [3] which looks at the issue through the experiences of four families. (Essence has published an excerpt [4] featuring the story of Chicagoan Martha Biggs, now an activist with the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign [5].)

Author Laura Gottesdiener will discuss the book, joined by Martha Biggs and Ebonee Stevenson of CAEC and Jim Harbin from the Resident Association of Greater Englewood [6], at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, 5733 S. University, Wednesday, October 30 at 6 p.m.

 

Related: Englewood left out of city’s foreclosure rehab program [7] (2011).