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2021 A.G. Gaston Virtual Conference – Strategies for Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

February 24, 9:00 am EST - 11:00 am EST

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NCRC’s Chief of Race, Wealth And Community Dedrick Asante-Muhammad will be offering the keynote address for the AG Gaston conference.

Virtually being held on February 23-24, 2021, the AG Gaston conference is an event for business owners, educators, community leaders, elected officials and anyone passionate about African American economic empowerment. Since 2004, the annual conference has provided an environment to strengthen entrepreneurs and address concerns. From world-class speakers to vendors to business-to-business networking, the conference is an iconic event named after A.G. Gaston – the “Entrepreneur of the Century” who elevated Birmingham’s Black business community.

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February 24
9:00 am EST - 11:00 am EST
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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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