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Mapping Prejudice: A reckoning with structural racism in the Twin Cities

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Racial covenant embedded in a Minneapolis housing deed.
Racial covenant embedded in a Minneapolis housing deed.

“Whites Only” was embedded in thousands of property deeds across the Twin Cities. For most of the last century, racial covenants like these kept Black and brown people out of the neighborhoods deemed most desirable.

These racial covenants are illegal today, but our community is still living with the consequences. Join us to learn how the groundbreaking Mapping Prejudice project brings context to the national reckoning that began here in the Twin Cities.

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About the event

By mapping restrictive covenants, the Mapping Prejudice project has documented the history of structural racism in the Twin Cities, resulting in the highest racial disparities and lowest African-American homeownership rates in the country. 

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, the Mapping Prejudice project has attracted media attention from across the globe. What began here has exploded into the largest protest in American history. The whole world was watching as our community was ripped apart, partly as a consequence of decades of unjust and discriminatory housing practices.

Learn how community researchers are mapping the hidden histories of race and privilege in your neighborhood — and how you can join them.

About the panelists

Kirsten Delegard is one of the co-founders of the Mapping Prejudice project. She received her Ph.D. in history from Duke University, where she trained as a women’s historian. In her early research, she explored the history of women and politics. More recently she has devoted her energy to public history and unearthing the complex past of her hometown, Minneapolis. This focus led to Mapping Prejudice and the Historyapolis Project, which she also started.

Maria Cisneros is the City Attorney for the City of Golden Valley, Minnesota, the Immediate Past President of the Minnesota Association of City Attorneys, and a founder of the Just Deeds Project, which provides free legal and title services to help property owners find covenants and remove them from their property titles. She handles a wide range of civil legal matters for the city and also provides general civil advice to city staff and elected officials. She graduated summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law and has a B.S. from the University of Minnesota where she majored in International Business and Spanish.

Rose McGee is the creator of Sweet Potato Comfort Pie: a catalyst for caring and building community. She is a recent Bush Fellow, a Minnesota “50 Over 50,” featured in the PBS documentary “A Few Good Pie Places,” and TEDx Talk “The Power of Pie.” Rose is also a Humanities Officer for the Minnesota Humanities Center. She resides in Golden Valley and has been recognized as Citizen of the Year. In 2013 Rose gained her own home back after an 18-month foreclosure battle called “dual tracking” — which means the mortgage holder says they’re working with the homeowner, but often without warning, sells the home without notification.