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2015 Project Peace Speaker Series: Segregated

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Segregated, Project Peace Speaker Series, Long play edit from Matt Beardsley.

Amy Fitzgerald, Sandhya Jha, Reginald Lyles and Richard Rothstein

Empower Initiative, East Bay Housing Organizations, Oakland Community Land Trust, Oakland Community Organizations, Oakland Leadership Center, Project Peace East Bay

Mazzarello Media & Arts, Matt Beardsley Photography, and Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church

The Project Peace Speaker Series is pleased to partner with local agencies and faith based groups, to discuss how public policies have segregated the East Bay. How can we as people of faith engage in this topic and be a part of a community-wide solution? How do we as citizens and people of faith work together with the broader community? We will explore this topic with a featured keynote by Professor Richard Rothstein and Ben McBride followed by a panel discussion and exhibitors’ fair.

David RothsteinProfessor Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and senior fellow of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law. He is the author of Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap (2004), Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right (2008), The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America’s Student Achievement (1998). From 1999-2002 he was the national education columnist of The New York Times. For the last five years Mr. Rothstein has been researching and writing about residential segregation, uncovering a largely forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy, with racially explicit motivation, segregated our metropolitan areas. He has been advancing the argument that because it was government policy to purposefully segregate neighborhoods by race, government has a constitutional obligation to take aggressive action to integrate metropolitan areas. In the fall of 2014, he published a report, The Making of Ferguson: Public Policies at the Root of its Troubles, illustrating these themes.

McBride Reverend Ben McBride is a native of San Francisco and a longtime activist for peace and justice in the Bay Area. As an advocate for youth, he served as a member of the crisis counseling team for West Contra Costa Unified School District and as Program Director for Global Education Partnership, empowering at-risk youth through entrepreneurship. Ben has a history of spiritual leadership beginning as a youth pastor and continuing through his years as collegiate pastor for Greater St. Paul Baptist Church and Shiloh Church. He served as Executive Director of Cityteam, a Christian non-profit providing rescue, recovery, medical, financial and educational opportunities to hurting and homeless people in Oakland for 7 years. Ben founded Empower Initiative in 2014 to provide faith-based, technical assistance around public safety issues affecting the urban core. He is beginning a new journey as Director or Clergy Development with PICO California in June, 2015. Ben has received many honors including the FRED Scholars Award, ONGB Non-Profit Leader of the Year, and the Oakland Police Foundation's Neighborhood Champion Award. Ben & his wife Gynelle have been married for 15 years and have 3 beautiful daughters. They reside in Oakland.

Resource list


  • Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
  • The Politics of Jesus by Obrey Hendricks
  • Pre Post Racial America by Sandhya Jha
  • Divided by Faith by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith
  • More than Equals: Racial Healing for the Sake of the Gospel by Spencer Perkins and Chris Rice
  • Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church by Soong-Chan Rah
  • Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation by Miroslav Volf
  • The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change by Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson
  • Dynamic Diversity: Bridging Class, Age, Race, Gender in the Church by Bruce Milne
  • Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing by Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice
  • No Future without Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu
  • Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship by Brian Blount and Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, ads
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle
  • Being White: Finding Our Place in a Multiethnic World by Paula Harris and Doug Schaup
  • Gracism: The Art of Inclusion by Dr. David A. Anderson
  • A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race by Brenda Salter McNeil
  • My First White Friend: Confessions on Race, Love and Forgiveness by Patricia Raybon
  • Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership is Ignored in White Christian Churches and Institutions by Dr. Anthony B. Bradley