Broken Windows, Bombs, and the Birth of Chicago’s Colorline: The Shame of Chicago Documentary Series

May 26, 2022
Written by: Lynn Smith, Carnow Conibear

Broken Windows, Bombs, and the Birth of Chicago’s Colorline: The Shame of Chicago Documentary Series

On May 24, 2022, the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Chicago Chapter, Equity and Inclusion Committee, hosted an important event, “Broken Windows, Bombs, and the Birth of Chicago’s Colorline: The Shame of Chicago Documentary Series” about the origins and history of Chicago’s systematic residential segregation which still impacts our city today. CREW Chicago is proud to be at the forefront of these conversations and taking action for real change. At Roosevelt University Goodman Center, real estate professionals, government and community leaders, and academic scholars came together to view and discuss Episode 1 of the Shame of Chicago Documentary Series, “The Chicago Plan”, unspools a buried history to shine a bright light on why and how systemic racism entered the marrow and fiber of Chicago and its urban counterparts.

The four-part documentary series was written and produced by Bruce Orenstein of Duke University's Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. Following the screening, Natalie Moore, renowned Southside Bureau Chief for WBEZ the Chicago Affiliate of National Public Radio (NPR), Columnist for the Chicago Sun Times and author, led an insightful discussion with Bruce Orenstein, award-winning filmmaker and Artist in Residence at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and Adam Green, Scholar and Associate Professor in History at the University of Chicago. The esteemed panel unpacked the film and discussed what actions we can take going forward. The audience asked questions following the panel discussions to gain a deeper understanding and gathered for a reception.

To find out more about this documentary series and to donate to this cause, please visit the Shame of Chicago website. CREW Chicago extends a special thanks to our sponsors Roosevelt University Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate; PNC Real Estate; and Herby Pop, Artisan Herbed Popcorn.