February 16 - March 16, 2021
Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


This is an online event. Click here to access the weekly Tuesday Zoom:

NLI Contact

Michelle Broome  


This book is available at bookstores, Cleveland Public Library and online via Hoopla. NLI has also secured limited copies for those guests unable to secure their own copy. Contact Michelle for more info. 

We invite you to join us for the next Community Book Club!

The fifth book that we will be reading and discussing is The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap by Mehrsa Baradaran. Dozens of community members have contributed to ongoing dialogue on social justice in previous groups. Now, you can join in for our Book #5 discussions beginning Tuesday February 16th. The group will convene for a month, with the last session scheduled for March 16th.  Guests will participate in weekly conversations led by NLI facilitator GiGi Elder. Participants should be ready to discuss the Introduction and Chapter One at the first session. 

About the book:

When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, the black community owned less than one percent of the United States’ total wealth. More than 150 years later, that number has barely budged. The Color of Money pursues the persistence of this racial wealth gap by focusing on the generators of wealth in the black community: black banks. Studying these institutions over time, Mehrsa Baradaran challenges the myth that black communities could ever accumulate wealth in a segregated economy. Instead, housing segregation, racism, and Jim Crow credit policies created an inescapable, but hard to detect, economic trap for black communities and their banks.