Opening Acts: May 30, 2018

Photo © by Bernard Kleina

May 30, 2018

The Fair Housing Justice Center Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act


On June 14, 2018, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing (IAHH) will be hosting a special, free event in honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act and to kick off the Building the Beloved Community interfaith initiative. The event, called “Building the Beloved Community: A Renewed Call to Action,” is an opportunity to both celebrate this milestone year in the fair housing movement, as well as to invite civil rights activists, religious leaders, faith-based organizations and people of faith to come together to participate in our initiative.

The Building the Beloved Community initiative is aimed at harnessing the power of religious communities and faith-based organizations to work towards building the beloved community by advancing fair housing in the New York City region. Building upon the historic role religious leaders and communities have played in advancing civil rights, this initiative focuses on educating religious congregations, communities and organizations across the region about fair housing rights and how to exercise them, and on equipping individuals and communities to advocate for fair housing locally, regionally, and nationally. This initiative is guided by an Interfaith Action Committee, composed of a diverse set of religious leaders.

This event will include a photo exhibition on open housing and remarks by civil rights activist Bernard J. Kleina. Featured remarks will be offered by The Rev. Michael Livingston, Senior Executive Minister at The Riverside Church in the City of New York, about the call to build the beloved community through fair housing. There will also be a performance by the renowned Resistance Revival Chorus, a group of women who come together to sing protest songs in the spirit and collective joy of resistance.

We will also launch one of the hallmarks of our initiative during this event — a comprehensive Fair Housing Toolkit for use by religious leaders, congregations and communities to learn about fair housing and how to advocate for it.

The event promises to be one of celebration and inspiration about the important work of fair housing in the New York City region. The event will begin at 6 pm. Refreshments will be served.

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ASL interpreter services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be provided.