Structural Racism and Transportation Policy: The Road Ahead
Part of the UBalt Law in Focus Discussion Series
Race and transportation have been inextricably linked since the first slave ship crossed the Americas. As our nation continues to grapple with institutional racism, which serves as the fabric for every facet of the United States, the inequities of transportation policies must be at the center.
We use as a case study the defunct Baltimore Red Line project, a proposed 14-mile, east-west transit line that would have linked Baltimore's predominantly Black west-side communities to downtown and southeast neighborhoods, better jobs, and would have created a truly connected mass transit system for the city.
On January 27, 2021, this topic was explored by our panelists: UBalt Law alumnus Henry Greenidge, J.D. '10 , a Fellow-In-Residence at the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, where he studies the intersection of transportation policy with poverty, race and class; Ajmel Quereshi , senior counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and director of the Civil Rights Clinic at Howard University School of Law; and Seema Iyer , director of the Real Estate and Economic Development (REED) program in the UBalt Merrick School of Business (MSB), and associate director for the Jacob France Institute, MSB's economic research center.
The discussion was moderated by Audrey McFarlane , Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development and Dean Julius Isaacson Professor of Law at UBalt Law.
Henry Greenidge, J.D. '10
Fellow-in-Residence, NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research
Senior Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Director, Howard University School of Law Civil Rights Clinic
Director, University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business Real Estate and Economic Development Program
Dean Julius Isaacson Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
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