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Resisting Segregation

Cleveland Heights Activists Shape Their Community, 1964 - 1976

By Susan Kaeser


Resisting Segregation documents how Cleveland Heights citizens challenged a seemingly insurmountable social problem: the lack of housing opportunities for African Americans. In 1964, a group of white women, inspired by the national civil rights movement, joined with black citizens – leaders and visionaries – to fight for racial equality and open up Cleveland Heights for all.

Over the next 12 years, community activists lobbied city government to welcome integration and fought federal and state policies, resistant realtors, widespread racism, and hostile neighbors who enforced segregation. They worked as opponents bombed their homes and realtors preyed on homeowners’ fears through blockbusting. In the end, they created long-standing organizations and changed city government to forever shape the future of Cleveland Heights. They transformed a virtually all-white suburb into an enduring, integrated community with a vibrant civic culture.

Resisting Segregation is a must-read for anyone interested in the evolution of this unique community and for those looking for a path forward toward greater racial justice.

Produced by local publisher Cleveland Landmarks Press, Resisting Segregation demonstrates how citizen activism works, how people can fight systemic racism, and how our communities can improve with a commitment to racial equity.

Book Details
Title:  Resisting Segregation Cleveland Heights Activists Shape Their Community, 1964 - 1976
Author:  Susan Kaeser
Price:  $19.95
ISBN:  978-0-936760-41-4
Number of Pages:  248
Number of Photos:  69 photos
Cover Type:  Soft
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