On April 4, 1968 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. One week later, on April 11th, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act at the urging of President Lyndon Johnson. Still today, 50 years after its passing, the Fair Housing Act remains a powerful tool to ensure housing providers give every person an equal chance to find the home that is right for them, free from prejudice or discrimination.
Even today, when our nation is in a state of unrest, it’s important to reflect on the beginnings and how far we have come in improving the lives of all persons, regardless of their protected classes. Fair housing advocates throughout the country will be celebrating throughout the month of April to bring awareness to the discrimination issues within housing. In 2016 alone over 23,000 individuals reported that some form of discrimination occurred either during their search for housing or during their residency. These are only the reported cases – imagine how many voices today still remain unheard.
In order to celebrate this 50-year milestone, throughout the month of April FHRC will be hosting a poster contest for local school children focused on the issues of equality, tolerance, and respect. Everyone is also welcome to join us for our Annual Fair Housing Month seminar, which will be hosted on April 26, 2018. If you cannot make it, join us after our seminar for our 50th Anniversary Celebration!
Remember the beautiful words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr., “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Be a part of the solution and shine a light. Let’s spend the next 50 years spreading love, not hate.