• Saturday, March 07, 2015 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    As NAREB observes the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights Selma March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we are reminded why "Democracy in Housing" remains a priority for NAREB.

    NAREB and Selma have a lot of similarities.  For more than 68 years, NAREB has stood in as the vanguard fighting for equality in homeownership, fair mortgage lending and opportunities for African Americans within the real estate profession.  These overarching goals have not changed.  NAREB still advocates for public policy that preserves and protects "Democracy in Housing" for minorities and other underserved Americans.
     
    A half a century ago on March 7, 1965, referred to as "Bloody Sunday", over 600 activists congregated at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to participate in a 54-mile march to Montgomery to protest unjust restrictions barring African Americans from voting.  This sacrifice must never be forgotten.   It was the start that built the political momentum that help passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This Legislation removed barriers that had prevented African Americans from voting. Millions joined voting rolls across the country, and thousands went on to win elections to offices in City Halls, State Legislatures, Congress, and, eventually, the White House.

    NAREB continues the legacy of our forefathers by being the advocates for the unserved and underserved  by promoting "Democracy in Housing".

    Donnell Spivey
    President

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