Redlined: A Book Discussion with the Author Linda Gartz (NCJW Event)

Join author, educator, and archivist Linda Gartz for a discussion of her award-winning book Redlined.  This event is hosted by the Chicago North Shore chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women  In Redlined, Gartz connects the dots between today’s racial profiling and inequities to the government policy of redlining. Most recently we’ve seen Black Americans die at double the rates of whites from Covid-19, and George Floyd’s murder aroused world-wide protests against systemic racism, like redlining.

In this live Zoom talk and discussion, Linda will speak, read short excerpts from Redlined, and talk about the federal government’s redlining policies that separated America into Black and White. She’ll also share digitized versions of original 1940s redlining maps. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.  

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About the Book: Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refuse mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident. As blacks move deeper into Chicago's West Side during the 1960s, whites flee by the thousands. But Linda Gartz's parents, Fred and Lil choose to stay in their integrating neighborhood, overcoming previous prejudices as they meet and form friendships with their African American neighbors. The community sinks into increasing poverty and crime after two race riots destroy its once vibrant business district, but Fred and Lil continue to nurture their three apartment buildings and tenants for the next twenty years in a devastated landscape--even as their own relationship cracks and withers.

After her parents' deaths, Gartz discovers long-hidden letters, diaries, documents, and photos stashed in the attic of her former home. Determined to learn what forces shattered her parents' marriage and undermined her community, she searches through the family archives and immerses herself in books on racial change in American neighborhoods. Told through the lens of Gartz's discoveries of the personal and political, Redlined delivers a riveting story of a community fractured by racial turmoil, an unraveling and conflicted marriage, a daughter's fight for sexual independence, and an up-close, intimate view of the racial and social upheavals of the 1960s.

About the Author: Six-time Emmy-honored Linda Gartz is a documentary producer & author of the award-winning book, Redlined. Her TV work has aired on all the major networks and Investigation DiscoveryShe produced videos hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou. Gartz has been published in local and national magazines and newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune. She earned her BA and MAT from Northwestern University and studied at the University of Munich. To learn more, go to www.LindaGartz.com.

Event date: 

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631523205
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: She Writes Press - April 3rd, 2018

Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refuse mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident. As blacks move deeper into Chicago's West Side during the 1960s, whites flee by the thousands.