A Reckoning with Race - The Mapping Prejudice Project

Event Description


This CLE is co-sponsored by the HCBA Eminent Domain Section, HCBA Real Property Section, and HCBA Annual Sponsor Shepherd Data Services

The Mapping Prejudice project is mapping racial covenants in the Twin Cities. Racial covenants are clauses--a couple of lines of text--that were embedded into property deeds to bar people who were not white from buying or even occupying the parcels of land to which they were attached.

Covenants were made illegal by the 1968 Fair Housing Act. But their legacy continues today in the Twin Cities, which has some of the largest racial disparities in the country. The Mapping Prejudice Project is designed to reveal the “racism behind these racial disparities,” in the words of Ibram Kendi. It illuminates how structural racism shaped the urban landscape, blocking African Americans from critical avenues for housing stability and wealth accumulation. In this CLE, Delegard will narrate this history and describe the innovative methodologies used in this work. Together we will explore the question of next steps for how attorneys can address the damage wrought by these policies.

The project just finished the map of Hennepin County and has turned its attention to Ramsey County. It has developed a process that harnesses the power of community to reveal this hidden history of race in the built environment. Three thousand people contributed to the map of Hennepin County. Even more volunteers have stepped up to read property deeds in Ramsey County and extract the information necessary to put these racial restrictions on a map.



Kirsten Delegard  | Director | Mapping Prejudice Project 

CLE Credits:

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits | Event Code: 336474 

Webcast Cost:

HCBA Member: Free
Non-HCBA Member: $40
Law Student/New Admittee: Free 

Remote Participation:

Remote instructions will be emailed to you the weekday prior to the CLE.

Deadline to Register: January 25, 2021



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Program Manager:

Abby Ward



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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM