This week we'll hear from Angela McIver, Chief Executive Officer of the Fair Housing Rights Center of Southeastern PA, about the history of Fair Housing in the US and how it's implemented (or not implemented) today.
On April 4, 1968, an assassin’s bullet penetrated the skull of Dr. King and, soon after, 125 cities burned from a deluge of rage, disappointment, sorrow, and disbelief. During the seven days that followed Dr. King’s death, President Johnson used the tragedy to lobby Congress to pass Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the federal Fair Housing Act, as amended. Knowingly or unknowingly in 1968 and then in 1988, elected officials made the federal Fair Housing Act the broadest and strongest civil rights legislation in the country. However, redlining that contributed to racial segregation continues to impact communities by showing up in the achievement gap, health disparities, wealth gap, and over-policing.