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Local organization to discuss redlining and its role in shaping Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The League of Women Voters will host a discussion on redlining – the discriminatory practice that has helped shape the Topeka community.

The League of Women Voters of Topeka-Shawnee County Said at noon Aug. 2, its Tuesday Topics Meeting will feature Donna Rae Pearson and a discussion on redlining.

The League noted that Pearson will discuss how redlining has helped shape the community of Topeka and surrounding areas.

According to the League, redlining is a discriminatory practice that denies loans or services to certain areas of a community – often based on racial characteristics.

The League said Pearson is a researcher and public historian involved in the Kansas Humanities Speakers Bureau. She is a historical librarian at Topeka-Shawnee Co Public Library. and held statewide focus groups in the black community for the Kansas State Historical Society as part of its Engaging Communities project. She is also active throughout the Topeka community.

The League said it is a nonpartisan political organization that works to empower residents to actively participate in government at the local, state and national levels. He said both men and women are welcome to participate in his volunteer activities.

The meeting is free and will take place via Zoom. For the Zoom link and instructions, click HERE.

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