Martin Luther King's Fair Housing Contributions

Posted by Juanita Limes on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 3:08pm.    3232 Views

Remembering MLK's Contributions to Fair Housing

Many are unaware, the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. is closely linked to the National Association of Realtors. In the summer of 1966, he moved to Chicago and engaged in a series of marches, appealing to real estate practitioners in the city to end discriminatory housing practices. King's call for open housing led to the 1968 passage of the Fair Housing Act which we as Realtors are intimately familiar with and stand for, a keystone of what we do as Realtors. Many are also unaware that our modern real estate laws and practices are based on our young country's previous grief with good old King George. The King owned all the land, you merely borrowed it and if he wanted it back, he could certainly come and take it. Our real estate laws evolved to protect home owners, and Fair Housing came in to play to protect individuals and minorities. Martin Luther King's contributions to equal rights in housing benefit us all to this day, and should never be forgotten. 

In February 2007, underscoring its mission to make home ownership viable for all Americans, NAR made a $1 million contribution to the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. Pat Vredevoogd Combs, then NAR president, remarked: “NAR is an outspoken advocate for fair housing, an ally in the fight against predatory lending practices, and an organization that prides itself on building communities. We are proud to be a part of the effort to build a permanent home to honor Dr. King on our National Mall.”

It's important that we never forget, and it's also wonderful that a powerful and influential organization like the National Association of Realtors protects diverse buyers and home owners from all walks of life.

To this day, NAR continues to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. NAR's Diversity & Fair Housing Program enables Realtors to help buyers of any cultural background achieve the American dream of home-ownership. The association led industry efforts in 1988 to get important amendments made to enhance fair housing laws in the Fair Housing Act.


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3 Responses to "Martin Luther King's Fair Housing Contributions"

Les wrote: I'm so glad someone remembers. Fair housing used to be such an issue for so many, and new generations are as in touch with how critical this used to be. MLK's contributions were indeed significant, but I didn't know about the National Association of Realtors depth of involvement until now, but makes sense. Many don't understand the bigger picture when it comes the role realtors play in protecting home owners and buyers' rights. Thanks for posting this.

Posted on Sunday, January 19th, 2014 at 1:28pm.

Juanita Limes wrote: Hello Les, so happy you caught this posting...It is our charge and should be our pleasure, as Realtors, to appreciate this involvement! It is certainly my comittment!!! Besides, it is only good business practice!

Posted on Sunday, January 19th, 2014 at 6:48pm.

Tamara wrote: Thank you for writing this very important moment in our history that most of us do not know about.

Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2014 at 9:40am.

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