April 11th- An Important Day in our Nation’s History

April is Fair Housing Month and today, April 11th, marks the anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Title VIII of the Act is also known as the Fair Housing Act.

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, YouTube video.

A Fair Housing Month Message from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity:

April, we come together as a community and a nation to celebrate the anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act and recommit to that goal which inspired us in the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination in 1968: to eliminate housing discrimination and create equal opportunity in every community.

Fundamentally, fair housing means that every person can live free. This means that our communities are open and welcoming, free from housing discrimination and hostility. But this also means that each one of us, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability, has access to neighborhoods of opportunity, where our children can attend quality schools, our environment allows us to be healthy, and economic opportunities and self sufficiency can grow.

Our commitment to fair housing is a living commitment, one that reflects the needs of America today and prepares us for a future of true integration.

You can learn more about the Fair Housing Act on our About the Law page.  We encourage you to take a moment today to reflect on the meaning of this legislation and its impact on our nation.

Related videos:

Fair Housing Act: Looking Back, Looking Forward

“Accents”: Fair Housing PSA



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