Filming wrapped up this week in Chicago for a video commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, a project that has allowed several Illinois REALTORS® to share personal stories about how the landmark legislation affected their lives.
The video project is led by Illinois REALTOR® Zeke Morris, 2018 chair of the National Association of REALTORS® Fair Housing Act Anniversary Working Group. The goal of the video is to share the stories and challenges of Illinois fair housing pioneers, to look back at the battles waged, and assess the progress made over the past 50 years.
The video also calls for continued work to realize the goal of fair housing opportunity for all.
The video will premier at the January Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings and be accompanied by a panel discussion.
Illinois was at the epicenter of the Civil Rights movement and fair housing in particular with the Chicago Freedom Movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. to promote open housing.
This week’s interviews included Morris, Chicago REALTOR® Vicky Silvano, Fred Underwood of the National Association of REALTORS® and Courtney Q. Jones, president of the Dearborn Realtist® Board.
The Fair Housing Act was signed into law April 11, 1968, by President Lyndon B. Johnson, just days after King’s assassination. The Act prohibited discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, color, religion and national origin. In 1974 the Act was amended to prohibit discrimination based on sex.
The National Association of REALTORS® plans a full year of education and awareness for the Fair Housing Act with the theme “Fair Housing Makes U.S. Stronger.”
Learn more at fairhousing.realtor.