In addition to listening to and sharing this podcast, please ask your teams, offices and associations to commemorate MLK Day by specifically naming Dr. King’s legacy of federal fair housing legislation, which has made the American dream of homeownership possible for many of those in our communities who would have historically been overlooked (including me and some of you) because of the “Big 7” (race, religion, sex, national origin, color, familial status and disability).
Furthermore, I hope you will also share with your teams, office, association, clients, and database this popular article that was featured in Inman News giving even more context: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most challenging struggle was housing
How did we get here? ‘A little child shall lead them … ‘
While we are on the subject of Dr. King, did you know that precious, little children marched and demonstrated during The Civil Rights Movement alongside Dr. King?
In truth, because of these courageous children, I (as a child of the 1980s) am a part of the first generation of Americans to be born with full-fledged legal rights and protections against discrimination (like UN-fair housing) on the basis of the “Big 7” that we all have a right to today. That should be mind-boggling to realize this is such recent history, particularly for those younger than me.
How remarkable it is to know that today’s young people do not know the version of the United States of America that did not have legal protections for the “Big 7” (we know enforcement is a different conversation that we will discuss in upcoming podcasts).
In that vein and in honor of Black History Month in February, please check out one of the stories of the child participants — my dad. My retelling of his story from that time was published by the aptly named BitterSweet, a complimentary publication of the fast-growing community dedicated to racial healing, Coming to the Table).
Learn more about his story here: The Fresh Prince of … Detroit?!?!
A moment of silence
All of those children were courageous unsung heroes in my figurative book, and I wish we could name more of them. Thus, as you read, and share my dad’s story, I ask that you hold space and perhaps even have a moment of silence for all of the unnamed children who were willing to be martyrs for the generations to come.