Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Let us therefore continue our triumphant march to the realization of the American Dream.”

-Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Martin Luther King Jr Day is January 16th this year, and Fahe joins millions in celebrating the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Civil Rights movement has positively impacted each of our lives in a variety of ways including putting an end to segregation, banning discrimination in employment practices (based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin), restoring and protecting voting rights of minorities, and banning discrimination in the sale or rental of housing.

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 is one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacies and it’s one that has great bearing on the work that Fahe does to eliminate persistent poverty in Appalachia.

Under the Fair Housing Act, it is illegal to discriminate in the sale, rental, or financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or marital status. In addition, it is illegal for anyone to threaten, coerce, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right.

Fair housing creates equal opportunity in communities and allows people to have access to neighborhoods which may provide healthier living, quality education, and economic opportunities. When all families are allowed to thrive, everyone benefits.  It has been proven that people with quality housing contribute more to their communities, help to increase the local tax base, and are less likely to be involved in criminal activity.  Every man, woman, and child has a right to the opportunity for a positive, healthy home environment free of harassment or discrimination. Fahe and our Membership work to ensure that the vision of Martin Luther King Jr. and others who participated in the Civil Rights movement is upheld in Central Appalachia