For Matin Luther King Day in 2020, I joined a photowalk led by Alvin C. Jacobs, with staff from the Levin Museum of the New South and the Harvey B. Gantt Center.
For someone like me who is a newcomer to the city, it was quite moving to see people connect with the often-forgotten aspects of the communities' past.
Alvin's work documenting the Brookhills neighborhood was on display at the Gantt museum. He has all the hallmarks of a great documentary photographer - empathy, deep understanding of the subject matter, and the ability to gain trust in the community. Someone whom I can learn a great deal from.
Though something we all thought we knew, seeing it physically in this scale still has a jolting effect. "Redlining", as emerged from the evil of mundane bureaucracy was chilling in its indifference and lasting in its impact. Its effects can still be felt today.