Readings and Resources

As Divided Baltimore proceeds, we will share a growing bibliography of readings and resources, and we will invite you to add your own recommendations as well as offer annotation of what is already on the list.  The for-credit course sections will assign certain of the readings as well.

To start us off with some context for the course, I suggest the following readings–in alphabetical order:

Coates, T., “The Case for Reparations,” The Atlantic, June, 2014; see: [Here Coates makes the argument for how segregation impoverished Blacks and why reparations is therefore something we must consider.]

Elfenbein, J., Nix, E., and Holowak, T. Eds. Baltimore ’68: Riots and Rebirth in an American City. Temple, 2011; also see Baltimore ’68 Website at:
[What happened in Baltimore in 1968, and why is that important for us today?]

Fletcher, M.  (2015, 24 January). A Shattered Foundation African Americans who bought homes in Prince George’s have watched their wealth vanish. The Washington Post. Retrieved from:

Gaskins, S. (2015, October 14). Separate and Unequal: An open letter to Baltimore’s art scene. The City Paper. retrieved from:

Jargowsky, P., The Architecture of Segregation: Civil Unrest, the Concentration of Poverty, and Public Policy. The Century Fund, 2015.
[What happens in Baltimore is not unique to Baltimore. This very recent report compares a number of American cities.]

[Kerner Commission Report] Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. New York: Bantam Books. 1968.
[See my previous blog in which I excerpt the commission’s key national recommendations.]

Lanahan, L. “The Lines Between Us.”
[Many of you will recall this wonderful WYPR program.  You can listen to the entire 50 episode series, or select the episodes most important for you.]

Lombardi, J. Gentrification (k)NOT Movie. [This (47 minute) documentary movie explores the meaning of the term gentrification and how it functions as an element of a system that displaces people from their communities during the revitalization of an urban neighborhood. Gentrification (k)NOT Project page includes excerpts from the movie.]

Lui, M. et al. The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide. The New Press, 2006.
[A very useful text to understand what we will be talking about in the course through September.]

Fenton, J. Jedra, C.  and Collins, M. 45 murders in 31 days Looking back at Baltimore’s deadliest month. Video retrieved from

Pietila, A., Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City. Rowman and Littlefield, 2010.
[The is THE book on how Baltimore got segregated intentionally, and several of the course sections are using it as a required text.  You may find your neighborhood discussed in the book.]

Spencer, Scot. (2015) “The Long Ride to a Just Baltimore”. Retrieved from:

Wilson, W. J., More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City. Norton, 2010.
[Want to understand the concept of “structural racism” and how it relates to “cultural racism?”   Wilson, who over several decades has assessed the plight of people left behind when work disappeared and neighborhood disinvestment unfolded, works to reveal the complexity of the consequences of intentional segregation.]

Let us know what you think of these readings, and recommend others.

Additional Course Resources include:

A Divided Baltimore research guide for Langsdale Library is at:

Branch, Phill. (2015). Searching for Shaniqua. Retrieved from:

Pollard, S. (Director). (2012). Slavery by another name [Motion picture]. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Retrieved from:

Central Maryland Transportation Alliance Newsletter, June 2015. Moving to Opportunity:

Divided Baltimore Cityscape: A look at the demographics of the main zip codes that sit all or mostly in the city of Baltimore. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from:

Ignite Baltimore.

Mullainathan, S. (2015, Oct. 18). Police Killings of Blacks: What the Data Says. Retrieved from:

Riley, T. The Big Moon Dig / What & Why / Divided Baltimore.

Shen, F. (2014, December 13). Map of online Baltimore shows a segregated city, divided by race and more. Baltimore Brew. Retrieved from:

Newscasts from 1948 to 2000 from WMAR-TV and WJW-TV are in in UB’s Special Collections.
-Digitized footage home page can be found at:
-The main Special Collections home page is:
For assistance contact Siobhan Hagen (

Vital Signs Indicators (maps and data by neighborhoods) can be found at the UB’s Jacob France Institute/Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA). See

Various BNIAJFI videos at including: the Introduction to The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators AllianceThe BNIA Website: Accessing Vital Signs Data, and Vital Signs 10: Taking the Pulse of Baltimore Neighborhoods.

Lanahan, L. “The Lines Between Us.”
Many of you will recall this wonderful WYPR program.  You can listen to the entire 50 episode series, or select the episodes most important for you.

How disadvantaged neighborhoods amplify racial inequality (video):

Banking for All: Comparing Costs of Financial Services: What is Non-Banking Costing You?

Hagan, S. Clips from September 14 Divided Baltimore Course:

Havard, C.J. (2014, March 13). Banking on those who don’t. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved from

Servon, L. (2014, October 29). Are Banks Too Expensive to Use? The New York Times. Retrieved from

Servon, L. (2013, September 11). The Real Reason the Poor Go Without Bank Accounts. The Atlantic CityLab. Retrieved from

Servon, L. (2013, October 9). The High Cost, For the Poor, of Using a Bank. The New Yorker. Retrieved from

Wenger, Y. (2015, 9 Sept.) $5 million grant will provide job training for hundreds in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved from:

Access and Opportunity: Predatory Financial Practices and Economic Injustice:

1. The Lines Between Us – Episode 10: The Wealth Gap and Episode 10 video extra: Uncle Joe’s House
2. Baltimore Sun, 7/12/12, “Wells Fargo to pay $175M Settlement in Pricing Discrimination Suit”
3. – Structural Racism and Baltimore: Understanding the Roots of the Uprising
5. – Ten Essential Questions for Policy Development
6. – Housing Plan


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