The Future of Black Metropolis

The year 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the publication of the landmark text Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City by St. Clair Drake and Horace Cayton. In this talk, Northwestern University professor Mary Pattillo will bring their voluminous research up to date, focusing on the following questions: What and where is Black Metropolis in the early twenty-first century?  What does life look like in Black Metropolis today? And, what is its future? Despite the fact that a shrinking proportion of Blacks live in Black neighborhoods, Pattillo argues that Black Metropolis is still an important analytical category that structures the experiences and outcomes of many African Americans.  

Wednesday, November 1

Cosponsored by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality.