April 8, 2014

During Fair Housing Month, it’s about “A Matter of Place”

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When I watched the documentary “A Matter of Place” produced by the Fair Housing Justice Center, I was reminded of why our work to end housing discrimination is as relevant today as it was when the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968. Despite the perception of many, this powerful short film shows us that […]

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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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