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Renouncing Discriminatory Covenants in Edina Morning Meeting

September 9, 2021 @ 9:45 am - 11:30 am

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In the past, developers and property owners used discriminatory covenants to keep people of color and those belonging to specific ethnic and religious groups from buying houses in certain Minnesota neighborhoods, including many in Edina. Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the covenants unenforceable in 1948, the Minnesota Legislature prohibited the use of such restrictions in warranty deeds in 1953, and the federal Fair Housing Act made them explicitly illegal in 1968, they remain in place on approximately 2,800 residential properties in Edina.

The use of covenants in Minnesota created segregated communities and disparities in housing opportunities for white and Black people that persist and today are some of the largest in the U.S.

Minnesota law now allows property owners to renounce discriminatory covenants. The City of Edina has discharged covenants that were found on 52 public properties, and has joined the Just Deeds Project to provide property owners with free assistance in removing them from private property. Other Minnesota cities participating in Just Deeds include Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rochester, and St. Louis Park.

All are welcome to learn more about the history and impacts of discriminatory covenants and how to renounce them at the LWVE morning meeting on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Edina City Hall. Heidi Lee, City of Edina Race & Equity Coordinator and MJ Lamon, City of Edina Community Engagement Coordinator will present and answer audience questions.


  • This is a virtual meeting, via Zoom, and members will receive the link in an email before the meeting
  • All morning meetings are free and open to the public.
  • If you are not a member, please fill out the form on the LWVE contact page to receive the link
  • You may send questions in advance to [email protected] or submit during the meeting in Zoom chat

MJ Lamon has served almost eight years as Community Engagement Coordinator for the City of Edina. She is responsible for an overall public engagement strategy and oversees the Neighborhood Connections program (including neighborhood associations and Adopt-a-Park); Volunteer Edina; and City-appointed advisory boards, commissions, and task forces. MJ manages recruiting, orientation, staff support, and work plans for more than 10 groups with over 100 volunteer members.

Heidi Lee is the first ever Race & Equity Coordinator for the City of Edina, serving since 2019. Her position was created at the recommendation of the Race & Equity Task Force, which ranked it first of 21 recommendations. She oversees the City’s Racial Equity Implementation Plan, monitors, assesses, and evaluates progress toward goals, and provides an annual report to the City Council. She also serves as staff liaison to the City of Edina Human Rights & Relations Commission.


You can read more on the City of Edina Website on the Just Deeds Project.


September 9, 2021
9:45 am - 11:30 am
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Joni Bennett