DMFHC is getting ready to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and we invite you to join us! We will be participating in the Martin Luther King Marade in City Park on Monday, January 19th. Meet us in the small parking lot west of the lake and north of the park building at 8:30 AM. Look for us wearing red and holding signs with our logo. We welcome you to join us by wearing red and celebrating the life of an iconic civil rights pioneer!
Martin Luther King Jr.'s inspiring civil rights work played a central role in the passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968. Though previous Supreme Court decisions had made it illegal to prevent African Americans and other minorities from living in certain areas, segregationist housing patterns were still prevalent throughout the sixties.
On April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Less than a week later, on April 10th, the House passed the Fair Housing Act and President Johnson signed it into law the next day. For more information on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Fair Housing Act, watch this short video, Seven Days, about the seven days that changed fair housing forever. Though the struggle for equality in housing is ongoing, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a wonderful time to celebrate this momentous step for civil rights and remember one of the leaders who made it possible.