February 6, 2014

Birmingham, 50 Years Forward

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As we celebrate Black History Month, I remember when my beloved Birmingham was known as Bombingham. From the 1890s to the early 1960s, almost half of Birmingham’s population was black. But only 15 percent of the city land was zoned for them. Most of the areas where they were forced to live were often located […]

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February 4, 2014

That’s a First: A HUD Black History Fact

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Did you know that Robert Weaver, the first Secretary of HUD was also sworn in as the first African-American to hold a cabinet-level position? In fact, Weaver set the tone for HUD’s work today and is known for a series of firsts: working toward passage of the 1961 low-income rental housing program, the first piece […]

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February 28, 2013

HUD and BET Chairwoman Debra Lee Salute African American History Month at HUD

Throughout Black History Month we honor the legacy of African Americans who have helped shape our great nation. Earlier this week, I was pleased to welcome BET Chairwoman and CEO Debra L. Lee to HUD, and join with HUD staff to affirm this important legacy. The message of Black History Month is a particularly significant […]

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February 9, 2011

Ron Sims’ Story: Providing Homes & Creating Opportunities for Future Generation

Cross posted from White House.gov As every American knows, who we are is deeply influenced by how we grew up – and the influences that shaped us. I grew up in Spokane, Washington, which is in the eastern part of the state, and had the opportunity to attend what is now known as Central Washington […]

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