HUD Secretary Fudge to Join NAR, The Memorial Foundation for Fair Housing Conversation

WASHINGTON (April 14, 2021) – The Memorial Foundation and the National Association of Realtors® will host a conversation on fair housing tomorrow, April 15, at 2 PM on NAR's Facebook page. HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, Memorial Foundation President Harry E. Johnson, NAR President Charlie Oppler, JPMorgan Chase & Co Foundation President Janis Bowdler and Urban Institute President Sarah Rosen Wartell will join moderator and acclaimed journalist Soledad O'Brien for Thursday's event.

The conversation, "The Past, President and Future of Fair Housing," focuses on the history and intersection of civil rights, real estate business and public policy that has led to the current state of housing infrastructure in the U.S.

"The right to live with dignity and without discrimination in access to housing was one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s central beliefs in his dream where all Americans could truly be free," said Johnson. "We're pleased to join with partners in this critical conversation that furthers Dr. King's vision of democracy, justice, hope and love."

This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the landmark bill signed into law on April 11, 1968, that prohibits housing discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability and familial status. April is recognized across the nation as Fair Housing Month.

Located in Washington, D.C., The Memorial Foundation, Inc. exists to promote awareness of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and its tenets of democracy, justice, hope and love. The 501C3 nonprofit organization also supports the general upkeep of the Memorial, which as the 5th most-visited memorial on the National Mall sees more than 3 million visitors per year.

The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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