Conversation with Richard Rothstein and Leah Rothstein

Richland Library will present a moderated conversation with authors Richard Rothstein and Leah Rothstein about their new book Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. the main branch of Richland Library. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant.

Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law investigates how concerned citizens and community leaders can work together to address issues of segregation and inequality. It is a follow-up to Richard Rothstein’s landmark work, The Color of Law. This event is a continuation of Richland Library’s “Color of Law” series in 2021.

Richard Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (Emeritus) of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is the author of many other articles and books on race and education, which can be found on his web page at the Economic Policy Institute.

Leah Rothstein is co-author with Richard Rothstein of Just Action. Leah has worked on public policy and community change from the grassroots to the halls of government. She has led the Alameda and San Francisco probation departments’ research on reforming community corrections policy and practice to be focused on rehabilitation, not punishment. She has been a consultant to nonprofit housing developers, cities and counties, redevelopment agencies, and private firms on community development and affordable housing policy, practice, and finance. Her policy work is informed by her years as a labor and community organizer, working on issues such as housing, environmental justice, workplace safety, and youth leadership.

The Conversation with Richard Rothstein and Leah Rothstein will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. at Richland Library Main. Columbia Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine will be the moderator. More information about the event will be available on the Richland Library website at

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