Kevin Davenport

Senior Advisor for Coalitions and Campaigns
kdavenport@ncrc.org 202-383-7719

Kevin Davenport is NCRC’s Senior Advisor for Coalitions and Campaigns. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Kevin graduated Cum Laude from Fisk University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He went on to receive his master’s degree in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University. Kevin has over 15 years of civic engagement experience. He has worked on campaigns to increase the Illinois minimum wage, directed field campaigns for GOTV, organized a coalition of 250 faith-based institutions that engaged in Affordable Care Act enrollment and recruited and trained community leaders for advocacy work at the state and local level. He specializes in political organizing, coalition building and public advocacy. Kevin’s passion for social and economic justice is firmly rooted in his personal faith. As an ordained minister, Kevin seeks to live out his life’s calling by removing the systemic barriers that create cycles of poverty and disenfranchisement for underserved communities.

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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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