Throughout the United States, racial segregation was institutionalized by a series of explicit federal, state and local land use policies and lending regulations. Phoenix and Tucson, despite being relatively young cities, did not escape this shameful history. Join ULI Arizona as we take a close look at the legacy of these policies in the evolution of our neighborhoods, and the enduring effects this segregation has had on disparate wealth creation, public health and education of people of color in our cities.
This program will be the first in a series of conversations presented by ULI Arizona to inform, promote new voices, learn from one another, and be a part of the solutions that deliver meaningful change.
Debi Chess Mabie is Executive Director of The Dunbar Pavilion: An African American Center for Art and Culture; and serves on the Tucson Small Scale Development Coalition.
Rashad Shabazz is the Associate Professor and Faculty Lead – Justice and Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation; Affiliate Faculty – Geography, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, Arizona State University; and the author of Spatializing Blackness.
Rashad Shabazz's academic expertise brings together human geography, Black cultural studies, gender studies, and critical prison studies. His research explores how race, sexuality and gender are informed by geography. His most recent work, "Spatializing Blackness," (University of Illinois Press, 2015) examines how carceral power within the geographies of Black Chicagoans shaped urban planning, housing policy, policing practices, gang formation, high incarceration rates, masculinity and health. Professor Shabazz's scholarship has appeared in Souls, The Spatial-Justice Journal, ACME, Gender, Place and Culture and Occasions and he has also published several book chapters and book reviews. He is currently working on two projects: the first examines how Black people use public spaces to negotiate and perform race, gender and sexual identity as well as to express political or cultural identity. The second project uncovers the role Black musicians in Minneapolis played in giving rise to "the Minneapolis sound."