Online Roundtable: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s ‘Race for Profit’

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tags: racism, segregation, African American history, housing, history of capitalism, urban history, real estate

March 8-12, 2021

Black Perspectivesthe award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is hosting a roundtable on Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (University of North Carolina Press, 2019), winner of the 2020 Pauli Murray Book Prize from AAIHS. The roundtable begins on Monday, March 8, 2021 and concludes on Friday, March 12, 2021. It will feature pieces from Paige Glotzer (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Kimberley Johnson (New York University), Jessica Ann Levy (SUNY Purchase), and Julia Rabig (Dartmouth College). At the conclusion of the roundtable, the author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Princeton University) will respond. On Friday at 12noon EST, Dr. Taylor will join Davarian L. Baldwin (Trinity College) for a lunchtime discussion about the book.

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About the Author

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is an Assistant Professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University. She is author of Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, published in 2019 by the University of North Carolina Press, longlisted for a National Book Award for nonfiction and a 2020 finalist for the Pulitzer in History. Taylor’s book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is also editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, which won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBQT nonfiction in 2018. Taylor has been appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians by the Organization of American Historians. Taylor is a contributing writer and columnist for The New YorkerFollow her on Twitter @KeeangaYamahtta.

About the Participants

Paige Glotzer is Assistant Professor and John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Chair in the History of American Politics, Institutions, and Political Economy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kimberley Johnson is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Affiliate Faculty Member of the Wagner School of New York University. Johnson’s research focuses on American and urban political development, urban and local politics, and race and ethnic politics. Johnson is the author of two books, Reforming Jim Crow (2010) and Governing the American State (2007) 

Jessica Ann Levy is an Assistant Professor of History at Purchase College, State University of New York. She is currently at work on her first book, Black Power, Inc.: Corporate America, Race, and Empowerment Politics in the U.S. and Africa (University of Pennsylvania Press, under contract), examining the transnational rise of black empowerment.

Julia Rabig Julia Rabig is an associate professor of history at Dartmouth College. Her research interests include urban history, African American Studies, and social movements. She is the author of The Fixers: Devolution, Development, and Civil Society in Newark, NJ, 1960-1990 (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Lunchtime Book Talk: Friday, March 12

At 12:00PM Eastern, AAIHS will host a book talk with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Davarian L. Baldwin (Trinity College). We will be posting registration information on the AAIHS website and on our social media feeds.

Davarian L. Baldwin is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Founding Director of the Smart Cities Research Lab at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the author of In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities (Bold Type Books, 2021), Chicago’s New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life (UNC, 2007), and co-editor (with Minkah Makalani) of the essay collection, Escape From New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem (University of Minnesota, 2013). 

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