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"The Black Butterfly"

Racial Segregation and Investment Patterns in Baltimore

February 5, 2019

Baltimore is the 30th-largest US city by population and is a study in contrasts. It has a low average income compared with other wealthy Northeast cities, has nine colleges and universities, and is a magnet for people pursuing higher education but has undergone decades of population loss.


© LaDonna Sanders-Redmond


Co-ops and Collective Courage

May 2018

“Collective Courage,” is about the forgotten history of cooperative economics in African American communities. It begins by expanding the definition of cooperatives to include the development of mutual aid societies.

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© The Baltimore Sun 

Study Finds Deep Racial Disparities in Way Baltimore Allocates Public Construction Dollars 

December 12, 2017

Over the past five years, the budget allocated an average of $15 million for projects in Baltimore neighborhoods where more than 75 percent of residents are white.

© D. Watkins

I used to think we needed to leave the hood. Now I think we need to buy it.

April 23, 2019


As kids, we were told to make it out of the hood. The hood is basically the worst place in the world, responsible for all of the trauma and pain that comes with being black. We aren’t taught about the systems that create that pain, the racist cops, the black sellouts.....



Black wealth in America Hardly Exists

March 19, 2019

Gentrification is a powerful force for economic change in our cities, but it is often accompanied by extreme and unnecessary cultural displacement. While gentrification increases the value of properties in areas that suffered from prolonged disinvestment, it also results in rising rents, home and property values

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© Laura Sullivan 

Why the racial wealth gap. Institute on Assets and Social Policy and the Workers Lab

April 2019 

Working people in the U.S. have not seen a wage increase that matches the increased cost of housing, food, and transportation since the 1970’s. For Black and Brown working people, the impact of wage stagnation and inequality has proven to be a significant barrier to living lives of opportunity and mobility


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