This 10-minute video examines the struggle that blacks experienced during their pursuit of fair housing in Chicago back in the 1960s. It focuses on Clyde Ross, Ethel Weatherspoon, Marrie Lewis, and their fight to own homes in the North Lawndale neighborhood.
The practice of "redlining" tripped many mortgage-seeking African-Americans up, ultimately forcing them to purchase homes through terrible contracts. This discriminatory practice led to the creation of the Contract Buyers League, which was established with the help of Jesuit community organizer Jack Macnamara. This clip explores its origin.
[via The Atlantic]
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