Tennessee Honors National Fair Housing Month with Summit

The Tennessee Human Rights Commission celebrates April as Fair Housing Month.

The Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC) joins the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, national fair housing organizations, fair housing advocates and communities across the country in celebrating April as Fair Housing Month. The celebration honors the passing of the Fair Housing Act on April 11, 1968, just seven days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, TN.

Dr. King had advocated for fair housing as part of the Chicago Open Housing Movement since 1966, fighting against lending discrimination, unsafe and unaffordable housing conditions, and segregation via Federal “Redlining” practices. The Fair Housing Act of 1968, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.

To honor Fair Housing Month, the THRC will host the West Tennessee Fair Housing Summit on Monday, April 29, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. The event will feature panel discussions on pressing fair housing issues, including landlord-tenant rights, fair housing investigations, and fair lending. Mayor Paul Young of the City of Memphis will serve as the Opening Speaker, and Roshun Austin, President and CEO of The Works, Inc., will be the Keynote Speaker.

The Summit will be hosted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), West Tennessee Legal Services, and the National Civil Rights Museum. In-person registration for the event is $100, and online registration is $50. To register for the Summit, visit here.

For more information on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, visit www.tn.gov/humanrights. To learn more about the West Tennessee Fair Housing Summit, contact thrc.communications@tn.gov or call 800-251-3589.

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