It was on his thirty-ninth birthday, in 1966, that Alexander Polikoff, a volunteer ACLU attorney and a partner in a Chicago law firm, met three friends to discuss a pro bono case. Over lunch, they talked about the Chicago Housing Authority construction program. All the new public housing, it seemed, was going into black neighborhoods. If discrimination was prohibited in public schools, wasn't it also prohibited in public housing? And so began Gautreaux v. CHA and HUD, a case that would roll on year after year, decade after decade, carrying Polikoff and his intrepid colleagues to the nation's Supreme Court (to face then-solicitor general Robert Bork). Despite legal roadblocks and political constraints, the case would set the stage for a nationwide experiment aimed at ending the concentration - and racialization - of poverty through public housing. The story of Gautreaux as told by its principle lawyer moves with ease through local and national civil rights history. Both the memoir of a dedicated advocate and the narrative of a tenacious pursuit of equality, this story - itself a critical, still-unfolding chapter in recent American history - proposes a creative new step toward ending racial inequality, which Alexis de Tocqueville prophetically named America's most formidable evil.
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Subtítulo: STORY OF SEGREGATION, HOUSING, AND THE BLACK GHETT