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    The Fight for a Black Middle Class

    Can the American Dream be redefined?

    Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 5:30 - 6:45 PM @ Morningstar
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    Panel Discussion: The Fight for the Black Middle Class
    Bob Herbert
    Director, Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class
    Natalie Moore
    South Side Reporter, WBEZ; Author
    Adam Green
    Associate Professor of American History, University of Chicago
    Nedra Sims Fears
    Executive Director, The Greater Chatham Initiative
    CONVERSATION - Conversations are panel discussions that provide an in-depth, up-to-the-minute look at a single topic. Featuring three to four thought leaders and an expert moderator, Conversations consist of a 60-minute discussion, followed by 15 minutes of audience q-and-a.

    For every dollar a white family has, a black family has a little over a nickel. With this harsh disparity in place, what does the black middle class look like and where does it fit in? In this collaborative program with the documentary, Against All Odds: A Fight for a Black Middle Class, we’ll sit down with filmmakers and stakeholders to explore the often heroic efforts of black families to pursue the American Dream in the face of unrelenting barriers. What does it mean to be middle class for black families in Chicago, and can the American Dream be redefined?

    Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 5:30 - 6:45 PM
    22 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
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    Here are a list of things you can do before and after the event to join the conversation.

    • Tune into NPR’s “The New Middle” podcast series.
    • How does Airbnb play a role?  Read it here.
    • Take a minute to look at these charts showing race gaps within America’s middle class.
    • Check out WBEZ’s article on black homeownership.
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