18 May 2020 Fair Housing Conference
Once the COVID-19 pandemic is defeated, the Fair Housing Center will have its first Fair Housing Conference. The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank’s Detroit Conference Center, 1600 East Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48207 (I-75 and Warren Avenue).
The featured lunch speaker will be Professor Gerald Van Dusen, author of the widely acclaimed book, Detroit’s Birwood Wall: Hatred & Healing in the West Eight Mile Community. The Birwood Wall, commonly known as the “8 Mile Wall”, was built in 1941 to racially separate a White neighborhood from a Black neighborhood. The wall illustrates Metropolitan Detroit’s sad and tragic role in racial division and segregation. By placing the iconoclastic wall in its historical context, Professor Van Dusen will explain why we continue to see patterns of racial disparities and segregation in Metropolitan Detroit in housing, education, public accommodations, transportation, health care and other areas of everyday life.
Further details concerning the conference will be provided in the next several weeks.