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Building Futures 2022

Tuesday, March 8
6:00 p.m.
CPCC’s Halton Theater
(1206 Elizabeth Ave.)

We invite you to join us for Habitat Charlotte Region’s annual Building Futures Affordable Housing Symposium where author and scholar Andre M. Perry will focus on the rampant devaluing of assets in Black-majority communities – which includes both personal and business properties – and how overcoming racist policies would enable massive financial and social gains for families and businesses in these areas, as well as our entire country.

Building Futures is free of charge, open to the public, and this year will be a hybrid in-person and virtual event. Registration is only required for those planning on attending in-person.

Building Futures is part of Habitat Charlotte Region’s Beloved Community initiative in support of racial equity and affordable housing.

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About Mr. Perry

Andre M. Perry is a Senior Fellow with the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, a scholar-in-residence at American University, and a columnist for the Hechinger Report. Perry is the author of the new book Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities, which is currently available wherever books are sold. A nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Perry is a regular contributor to MSNBC and has been published by The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, TheRoot.com and CNN.com. Perry has also made appearances on CNN, PBS, National Public Radio, NBC, and ABC. Perry’s research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Perry’s recent scholarship at Brookings has analyzed Black-majority cities and institutions in America, focusing on valuable assets worthy of increased investment.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Perry has documented the underlying causes for the outsized number of coronavirus-related deaths in Black communities. Perry’s Brookings research has illuminated how certain forms of social distancing historically accelerated economic and social disparities between Black people and the rest of the country. Perry also mapped racial inequities in housing, income, and health to underscore how policy discrimination makes Black Americans more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Perry’s research has spotlighted the struggles of Black businesses—including artists and art institutions, restaurants, and barbershops and beauty salons—as they await federal relief from COVID-19’s economic impact. In education, Perry explained how college campus closings put housing-insecure students at risk during the pandemic. Perry has also written on the unrealized value of teachers’ work that’s been made apparent by COVID-19, and has commented on the potential loss of Black teachers as a result of an impending recession.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Perry earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland College Park.

COVID Safety at Building Futures

  • Proof of vaccination is required for entry into the Halton Theater for Building Futures. Masks are required while inside the building.
  • Special care will be taken to ensure that seating within Halton Theater’s auditorium meets social distancing guidelines by alternating rows and spacing out available seats.
  • After the event, there will be complimentary snack boxes available to enjoy on your way home. No food or beverages will be available in the building before or after the event.