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When we say Evanston is diverse, we also know it's not integrated.

The powerful and important traveling exhibit, "Undesign the Redline," opens tonight at Evanston's Civic Center. It's a must-see for every Evanston resident who wants to understand our city's--and our country's--history of intentional and systemic housing segregation and its dire results that continue today.


"Undesign the Redline" offers a framework for unearthing our most deep, systemic and entangled crises. The interactive exhibit explores the history of structural racism and classism, how these designs compounded each other from 1938 Redlining maps until today, and how WE can come together to undesign these systems with intentionality.

The exhibit invites participants to learn the history, interact with the stories, and invent the future of undoing structural inequities.

The exhibit connects the intentional and systematic racial housing segregation of the 1930s to political and social issues of today through the powerful narratives of the people and communities affected by redlining and its legacy.

Dino Robinson of Shorefront Legacy Center will help to personalize the exhibit to Evanston's history of redlining by adding panels that tell Evanston's specific history.

Tonight, community members are invited to the opening reception, which will feature author Linda Gartz, who will introduce her memoir "Redlined," about growing up in a redlined neighborhood.

Learn the history, interact with the stories, and help invent the future of undoing structural inequities.

The exhibit is sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners and the City's Equity & Empowerment Commission, and provided in partnership with the Evanston Community Foundation, YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Shorefront Legacy Center, Northwestern University, and the City of Evanston.

The exhibit will be up through October 20 and can be visited during the Civic Center’s operating hours.

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