• Tools:
  •  A-  A+
    Site Map Translate    Traduccion    Dịch thuật

The 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

Posted on 11. Apr, 2018 by

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. On April 11, 1968, exactly one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Fair Housing Act was finally signed into law after years of struggle. The proximity of these two significant events is not coincidental. Dr. King had moved to Chicago in 1966 to join the Open Housing Movement, which fought to end segregation and advocated for housing justice. The Fair Housing Act was passed in part to honor his work. Perhaps just as significantly, mass unrest erupted after Dr. King’s assassination and the warnings of the Kerner Commission report, which argued only a few months prior that rioting was caused by systemic racism, seemed to be coming true. Lawmakers were faced with the reality that they could no longer maintain “two societies, one black, one white – separate and unequal” without devastating consequences.

On this day we celebrate that the Fair Housing Act protects all of our rights to housing free from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and family status. Though the Fair Housing Act has been in place for fifty years, we continue to find high rates of housing discrimination in communities across the country. We still need a strong Fair Housing Movement to work for neighborhoods that are welcoming, accessible and full of opportunities for all. You can support the Fair Housing Movement by learning more about GNOFHAC’s local work, signing up for action alerts, or donating to help fight housing discrimination.

Comments are closed.