Richland Library Presents Author Discussion on “The Color of Law”

The Color of LawRichland Library is hosting the third of four virtual sessions on the book "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America" in partnership with the City of Columbia, Historic Columbia, the Center for Civil Rights History and Research, and other local organizations.

Join us for The Color of Law: Session 3 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, January 21 and hear from author Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, during a moderated discussion with Dr. Bobby Donaldson, Director of the Center for Civil Rights History and Research at the University of South Carolina. Please register at to attend this online program, which is free and open to the public.

In the book, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation with: undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods.

Richland Library has copies of "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America" in book, eBook and eAudiobook formats, which are available with a library card.

This program is made possible thanks to funding from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation and SC Humanities.

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email

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