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Leah and Richard Rothstein at the Brattle Theatre

June 15, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

 |  $6


June 15, 2023
6:00 pm
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Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Book Store
(617) 661-1515


Just Action:
How to Challenge Segregation
Enacted Under the Color of Law

in conversation with TANISHA SULLIVAN

Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law

Harvard Book Store welcomes RICHARD ROTHSTEIN—author of The Color of Law—and activist LEAH ROTHSTEIN for a discussion of their new book Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law. They will be joined in conversation by TANISHA SULLIVAN, President of the NAACP, Boston Branch.

A Return to In-Person Events

Harvard Book Store is excited to be back to in-person programming. To ensure the safety and comfort of everyone in attendance, the following Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place at all of our Brattle Theatre events until further notice:

  • Face coverings are required of all staff and attendees when inside the venue. Masks must snugly cover nose and mouth. At venues where refreshments are served, attendees may briefly unmask when actively eating or drinking.
  • To limit contact, books will be pre-signed by the author and can be purchased on-site at the event, while supplies last.


There are two ticket options available for this event.

Book-Included Ticket: Includes admission for one and one hardcover copy of Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law signed by the authors.

Admission-Only Ticket: Includes admission for one.

About Just Action

In the six years since its initial publication, The Color of Law, “the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation” (William Julius Wilson), has become a landmark work, which―through its nearly one million copies sold―has helped to define the fractious age in which we live. Aware that twenty-first-century segregation continues to promote entrenched inequality, Richard Rothstein has now teamed with housing policy expert Leah Rothstein to write Just Action, a blueprint for concerned citizens and community leaders. This book describes dozens of activities that readers and supporters can undertake in their own communities to make their commitment real, producing victories that might finally challenge residential segregation and help remedy America’s profoundly unconstitutional past.

Praise for Just Action

“Historian Richard Rothstein, whose book The Color of Law exposed how federal, state, and local laws have perpetuated segregation, teams with his daughter, community organizer and housing-policy expert Leah Rothstein, to argue forcefully that residential segregation underlies the nation’s social problems . . . A thoughtful, pragmatic manual for reform.” ― Kirkus Reviews

“[An] impassioned guide to ending residential segregation in America . . . Throughout, inspiring stories of people uniting to preserve their communities and redress segregation are interwoven with nitty-gritty policy details. It’s a comprehensive and inspiring guide to solving a pressing social problem.” ― Publishers Weekly