Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, “Redlined” exposes the racist lending rules that refused mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident. As blacks move deeper into Chicago’s West Side during the 1960s, whites flee by the thousands. But Linda Gartz’s parents, Fred and Lil, choose to stay in their integrating neighborhood, overcoming previous prejudices as they meet and form friendships with their African American neighbors. The community sinks into increasing poverty and crime after two race riots destroy its once vibrant business district. But Fred and Lil continue to nurture their three apartment buildings and tenants for the next 20 years in a devastated landscape―even as their own relationship cracks and withers.
This event is co-sponsored by Dominican University, Oak Park-River Forest History Museum and the Oak Park Public Library.