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Join us on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. for a conversation about housing, the landmark desegregation case, Sheff vs. O’Neill, and its impact on education in Connecticut. Joined by lead plaintiff, Elizabeth Horton Sheff and John Brittain, one of the original attorneys in Sheff v. O’Neill, our panel will review the historical circumstances that led to filing the case and look at its impact on education today and into the future. Our current exhibition, Changing Lanes: Mobility in Connecticut, explores the case, neighborhood redlining, segregation, and other themes related to historical roadblocks that limited upward mobility of African Americans.
The exhibit, inspired by Gretchen Sullivan Sorin’s Book, Driving While Black, explores the successes, struggles, and ongoing efforts of activists fighting for racial equity in Connecticut. But the question remains: What barriers still exist today, and how can we eliminate them?
Conversation Moderated By:
Fiona Vernal, PhD | Director of Engaged, Public, Oral and Community Histories (EPOCH) and Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, University of Connecticut


    • John Brittain, JD | Olie W. Rauh Professor of Law | University of the District of Columbia\
    • Jack Dougherty, PhD | Professor of Educational Studies at Trinity College | Trinity College
    • Elizabeth Horton Sheff | Director of Community Services | Community Renewal Team 
    • Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | Investigative Reporter, Accountability Project | Connecticut Public


For more information and to register for this virtual event, go to: The Amistad Center for Art & Culture | Education, Housing, and the Role of Sheff vs O’Neill