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Archive for February, 2020

Tomorrow is Cleveland State Giving Day

On Wednesday, February 12, Cleveland State University is hosting its 7th annual online Giving Day. Over a 24-hour period, 2,000 alumni, students, parents, friends, and your colleagues will be rallying together to promote the incredible students and programs on campus.

A gift of any size makes a difference! Make your gift, pledge, or payroll deduction* NOW. 

This Just In: Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership

Redlining is the systematic denial of various services to residents of specific, often racially associated, neighborhoods or communities, either directly or through the selective raising of prices. The Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 was supposed to establish policies to induce mortgage lenders and the real estate industry to treat Black home-buyers equally. Race for Profit explores how exploitative real estate practices continued well after housing discrimination was banned. The federal government guaranteed urban mortgages in an attempt to overcome resistance to lending to Black buyers, leading bankers, investors, and real estate agents to take advantage and target the Black women most likely to fail to keep up their home payments and slip into foreclosure, multiplying their profits by being able to then reissue mortgages to new borrowers for the same property under the federal program. The result was that the nation’s first programs to encourage Black homeownership led to tens of thousands of foreclosures in Black communities across the country.

This book by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, a professor of African-American Studies at Princeton, was on the longlist for the 2019 National Book Award.


CSU Alerts for Weather and Other Important Information

With the winter weather the last few days, we thought it would be a good time to remind people about Cleveland State Alerts. All students and staff can sign up for the alert notifications through CampusNet. Notification can be sent via voice message (mobile and/or land-line), text message, or email; choose one or all of the above.

Please remember:  If Cleveland State University is closed or in a weather delay, so is the law library.

Ohio’s Expedited Pardon Project

The Ohio Governor’s Expedited Pardon Project is aimed at enhancing and expediting the process by which people apply for clemency under Ohio’s laws. The Project seeks to reduce challenges surrounding a clemency application in Ohio for people meeting certain criteria with exceptional stories who can show that they have been rehabilitated and have contributed positively to their communities.

The Project was established in collaboration between Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Reentry Clinic at The University of Akron School of Law.

The University of Akron School of Law Library has created a library guide that helps individuals find the information needed to fill out the expedited pardon application forms.


February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Since the 1970s, the United States has dedicated the month of February to the observance of African American history. Chosen to commemorate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, February serves as an annual opportunity to recognize the struggles and achievements of black Americans. Cleveland State, Cleveland Public Library, and the City of Cleveland have a number of events planned this month:

  • On Saturday, February 8, Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, and Cleveland native Jennifer Eberhardt, who wrote Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, will appear in conversation at 2:00 p.m. at Cleveland State University’s Berkman Hall Auditorium. The event is free but registration is encouraged. Follow the link for other events sponsored by the Cleveland Public Library this month.
  • Civil rights Attorney Ben Crump will be at Cleveland State University on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2pm to discuss his new book Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People. The event is free but registration is required.
  • Follow this link to view all City of Cleveland official Black History month events.

Highlighted here are some great resources related to Black History from HeinOnline:

  • Slavery in America and the World – all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set – The Serial Set is the official historical record of the U.S. government, including the pivotal period of the Civil War. The documents within record the words and actions of key players in the political life of the United States, and thus reflect the mindset of the era. From the landing page, perform a full-text search for keywords relating to the Civil War using relevant Boolean operators.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Landmark Cases – Separate but equal cases: Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education. Jim Crow Laws were state and local legislation that enforced racial segregation in public facilities, transportation, and schools. These laws were not challenged in court until the case of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1892; however, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of state-mandated segregation, provided it be “separate but equal.” This ruling was eventually overturned by Brown v. Board of Education. After argument from Thurgood Marshall (later the first African American Supreme Court Justice), the Court voted unanimously that “in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place.” Segregated schools were determined to be “inherently unequal,” a decision that changed the course of U.S. education and black history.
  • U.S. Presidential Library – Public Papers of Barack Obama – Contains text of the first African-American President Barack Obama’s speeches, addresses, messages, and other documents.