Richard and Leah Rothstein: Just Action and the Color of Law

October 18, 2023

Please join us from 5 – 6 p.m. in Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 for an important conversation—moderated by Tomiquia Moss, founder and CEO of All Home—on activism, advocacy, housing, and America’s legacy of state-sanctioned residential segregation.


In The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein argued how explicit government policies—at local, state, and federal levels—were designed to ensure segregation throughout the United States. The book sold nearly one million copies and was designated one of ten finalists on the National Book Awards’ list for the best nonfiction book of 2017.

Six years later, Rothstein has followed his landmark work with Just Action: How To Challenge Segregation Enacted Under The Color Of Law, co-authored with his daughter, housing policy expert Leah Rothstein. Just Action is a blueprint for concerned citizens and community leaders seeking to make real, lasting change in their own communities. Together, Richard and Leah Rothstein offer activists and their supporters simple, concrete actions we can all take to end segregation within our neighborhoods.

This event is hosted by the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Othering and Belonging Institute, and the Berkeley Population Center.