2016 State of Black America Spotlight Essay
Why Urban Policy is a Civil Rights Issue
By: Alaina C. Beverly
Director of Urban Affairs, University of Chicago
Our nation is experiencing the retrenchment of inequality along racial and spatial lines. A 21st Century civil rights movement requires an urban policy agenda that is place-based, interdisciplinary, forward-looking and smart – based on evidence of what works – in order to achieve critical gains for Black America.
In June 2015, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago launched the Urban America Forward: Civil Rights Roundtable Series (“Roundtable Series”), which engaged scholars, activists and the nation’s premier civil rights leadership in a discussion of research, models and policy approaches to address inequity in America’s cities.