Dear friends and supporters,
We write today to share the heartbreaking news of the unexpected death over the weekend of our colleague and friend, Kevin Ehrman-Solberg. Kevin co-founded Mapping Prejudice, served as digital and geospatial director for the project, and was a graduate student in the University of Minnesota’s geography department. A memorial service is being planned.
Kevin was someone who touched so many of your lives over the last several years. He was creative and brilliant — he was instrumental in creating a new methodology for visualizing racial restrictions. We were so fortunate to be able to work with him to create a project that has changed our community for the better.
A lot of Kevin’s work was behind the scenes — building the database that powered our maps, massaging data, and connecting racial covenants to changing neighborhood demographics — in a successful effort to demonstrate the destructive impact of systemic racism. But Kevin was also an informative, entertaining, and persuasive speaker, capable of moving people to action. One of his presentations is likely what led you to support our Mapping Prejudice project.
In that light, we thought it appropriate to share with you his 2018 TEDxMinneapolis presentation, “The Geography of Inequality.”
In loving memory of Kevin,