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Mapping Prejudice Awarded Mellon Grant

Mapping Prejudice is the recipient of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This transformational grant will provide the resources necessary for the project to build mutually-beneficial relationships with community members who are working for racial equity and housing justice. This new funding will support the creation of a Think Tank that will center BIPOC voices and bring together academic scholars, creative placemakers and community organizers around projects that will help to dismantle structural racism. This group will include Dr. Taiyon Coleman and Dr. Daniel Williams from St. Catherine University, two scholars whose work illuminates the Black experience in Minnesota. The grant also allows the Mapping Prejudice team to expand to include a Community Engagement Lead who will develop an outreach strategy that will reshape the relationship between the University of Minnesota and BIPOC communities.

Think Tank Scholar: Dr. Daniel Williams

Mapping Prejudice is pleased to introduce Dr. Daniel Williams, who will be one of the project’s Think Tank Scholars this coming year. Dr. Williams is Associate Professor of Sociology and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity at St. Catherine University. His research focuses on ethnographic and qualitative approaches to race and ethnicity, immigration, and neighborhoods and cities. Professor Williams will be working on an oral history of race, homeownership, and community in the Twin Cities Metro Area. He will conduct in-depth interviews with BIPOC homeowners to uncover and understand how communities of color have negotiated homeownership and made community in the context of historically racialized practices and policies.  A second part of this project–a multilingual survey of neighborhood citizenship and community–will focus on the experiences of immigrants and US-born communities of color to address the complexity of racial and ethnic diversity and space in the local context.  Professor Williams will also facilitate conversations with place-based groups across communities across the Twin Cities on the history of racialized housing and the wealth gap.

Ramsey County Update

In February of 2021 Mapping Prejudice and Welcoming the Dear Neighbor? finished transcription work on deeds for Ramsey County. We are so grateful to all of the volunteers who contributed 21,000 hours of labor to identify racist language in these old property records. This is just the first step in the creation of a comprehensive map of racial covenants. Our team is hard at work to put this data on a modern map. Read more about our progress here.

Blue Line Project Management Team

In January, Mapping Prejudice Project Director Kirsten Delegard and Associate Director Michael Corey spoke to the Blue Line Project Management team, which is working to plan the extension of the Blue Line light rail line through North Minneapolis into Robbinsdale. The exact route has not been determined. But the Blue Line extension will certainly run across a built environment that has been scarred by generations of policies that have created systems that have sorted people of different races into separate neighborhoods. Kirsten and Mike shared this history with this planning team, using the map above to show how racial covenants and redlining have shaped the terrain on which they are working.  This history underscores the importance of empowering the people who live on the line to shape the planning process.

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