Mississippi’s Exiled Daughter, Author Event

Author Event | Brenda Travis & John Obee

Thursday September 27, 2018: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join Authors Brenda Travis and John Obee as they discuss their new book, Mississippi’s Exiled Daughter: How My Civil Rights Baptism Under Fire Shaped My Life.

Mississippi’s Exiled Daughter is the riveting story of how the Civil Rights Movement first came to McComb, Mississippi, one of the most violent and segregated towns in a violent, segregated State.

In 1961, 16-year-old Brenda Travis was a youth leader of the NAACP branch in her hometown of McComb, Mississippi. She joined in the early stages of voter registration, and when the Freedom Rides and direct action reached McComb, she and two SNCC workers sat-in at the local bus station. That led to her first arrest and jailing, which resulted in her being expelled and leading a protest walkout from her high school. Thrown in jail for a second time, she was eventually released on the condition that she leave the state. Her poignant memoir describes what gave her the courage at such a young age to fight segregation, how the movement unfolded in Mississippi, and what happened after she was forced to leave her family, friends, and fellow activists. The program includes a book signing and books will be available for purchase.

Attorney and civil rights worker, John Obee, was one of the guest speakers at our 20th Anniversary celebration. Mr. Obee has been passionate about fair housing issues for decades.

This event is a partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library.

 

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Book teaches Kids about Housing Discrimination

Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan
PO Box 7825, Ann Arbor, MI 48107   (877) 979-FAIR   www.fhcmichigan.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 2, 2018

For more information, contact:
Pam Kisch, Executive Director, (877) 979-3247

Book teaches Kids about Housing Discrimination

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (FHC) was awarded a grant by the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors (AAABoR) for their Fair Housing Five Book Project.

The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House is an illustrated children’s book about kids who take action in their neighborhood in response to a landlord who is discriminating. Continue reading

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Fair Housing Breakfast a Success

Thank you to everyone who attended our 5th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast and to our generous sponsors. Your support enables us to continue our work to end housing discrimination.

Our guest speaker this year was author and renowned scholar, Richard Rothstein. Mr. Rothstein spoke to us about why he wrote “The Color of Law” and what he learned during his eight years of research.

One of the lessons from his talk was that we must start teaching an accurate history of racial segregation to everyone, but most pointedly to students in their history classes. In order to move forward and make a change, Mr. Rothstein suggests, we must be honest with and acknowledge this part of our nation’s past.

Pictures from the Event are on Google Photos.

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FHC Says NO to Ben Carson’s Proposed Changes to HUD Mission Statement

Earlier this month, the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan joined with 572 other civil rights organizations to send a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Ben Carson, in response to media reports that the Secretary was aiming to change HUD’s mission statement. Coordinated by the National Fair Housing Alliance, the letter urged Secretary Carson to keep “inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination” in HUD’s mission statement.

The current mission statement reads: “HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.”

The proposed mission statement, according to the news source that broke the story, would read: “HUD’s mission is to ensure Americans have access to fair, affordable housing and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency, thereby strengthening our communities and nation.”

2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Center firmly believes that enforcement and promotion of the Fair Housing Act must be a part of HUD’s mission. The National Fair Housing Alliance is scheduling a meeting with Secretary Carson to address the concerns from the letter. We will keep you posted on this issue.

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Housing Advocates Training, May 2018

Housing Advocates Training heads to Ypsilanti on May 9th and 10th.

The event is full and registration is now closed. 

This two-day training is an excellent resource for anyone working as an advocate (clients/consumers also welcome). Day one is an optional three-hour session; day two is a full day of training. Trainers include staff and attorneys from the Fair Housing CenterLegal Services of South Central Michigan, and the Michigan Poverty Law Program.

Registration is required. Rates go up after Friday, April 27th. To submit payment online, use the “Pay Now” button below. You can also pay via check, view the registration form for more details.

Ypsilanti, 2018
May 9th (WPS) 9-noon
May 10th (HAT) 9-5 PM 

The event is full and registration is now closed. 
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