The real estate industry has helped Americans of every background build wealth through homeownership. For much of the 20thcentury, however – and arguably to the present — African Americans have been excluded from these opportunities to build intergenerational wealth. Instead, many Black Americans were subjected to predatory practices that drained billions of dollars from their families and communities.
Historian Beryl Satter explains how this exploitation played out in mid-twentieth century Chicago through the story of her father, Mark J. Satter, a Jewish attorney who both owned rental properties and defended Black clients who were targeted by unscrupulous real estate operators. She tells us why it all still matters, and what REALTORS® are doing today to ensure that their profession helps all Americans build wealth and community.
Dr. Satter will be joined in conversation by Mabél Guzmán (ABR, CIPS, AHWD), a REALTOR® for more than 21 years from Chicago, and the 2020 Vice President of Association Affairs of the National Association of REALTORS®.