29 Jan AOS Supports Fair Housing in Greater New Orleans: The 8th Annual Fit For a King Conference
We recently celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for equality and social justice amongst all people of our nation. We have come a long way since his “I have a dream” speech, but two things continue to perpetuate poverty in our country: housing discrimination and segregation. It has been fifty years since the Fair Housing Act was signed, but individuals still struggle to overcome these barriers. Here in New Orleans, we are fortunate to have a center that continues its mission to eradicate housing discrimination with the hope to educate individuals and make their dreams a reality.
The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center held its eighth annual Fit for King Conference on January 15th at New Orleans’ Historic Carver Theater. We are proud to sponsor this establishment that brings together community members and housing advocates to educate one another on the issues our region faces. The conference honored keynote speaker Julian Bond, a founding member of SNCC and personal student of Dr. King. Most attendees were very pleased with the outcome, saying it was “an extraordinary event with a great mix of history, story, analysis, and call to action”. Bond encouraged those hoping to achieve success in their own efforts “to engage others. Yell more loudly. You just have to do more”.
Community is something that affects all of us, including those who may not be directly affected by housing discrimination. At AOS, we believe our communities need to be built in a way that supports our diverse local economy and the ever-changing social, political, and physical environments in which we inhabit. Not only is housing discrimination illegal, but it is an obstacle that is linked to basic needs such as food, transportation, green space, good jobs and good schools. By supporting The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, we hope to instill in our friends around the city the importance of equality in our homes, businesses, and schools.
Read more about our involvement and the mission of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center here.