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The Future of Black Metropolis, A talk by Mary Pattillo

November 1, 2017 - 12:30pm

The year 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the publication of the landmark text Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City by St. Clair Drake and Horace Cayton. In her talk, Pattillo will bring their voluminous research up to date, focusing on the following questions: What and where is Black Metropolis in the early twenty-first century?  What does life look like in Black Metropolis today? And, what is its future? Despite the fact that a shrinking proportion of Blacks live in Black neighborhoods, Pattillo argue that Black Metropolis is still an important analytical category that structures the experiences and outcomes of many African Americans.