The Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 was passed at a time of turmoil, conflict, and often conflagration in cities across the nation. It took the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to finally secure passage. While the Kerner Commission warned in 1968 that to continue present policies is to make permanent the division of our country into two societies; one largely Negro and poor, located in the central cities; the other, predominantly white and affluent, located in the suburbs and outlying areas the Fair Housing Act was passed with a dual mandate, to end discrimination and to dismantle the segregated living patterns that characterized most cities. The Fight for Fair Housing tells us what happened, why, and what remains to be done. In subsequent decades, the causes and consequences of housing discrimination and segregation have been glaringly revealed. At the same time, significant progress has been made. Few suburbs today are all white, many people of color are moving to the suburbs, and some white families are moving back to the city. The Fight for Fair Housing brings together the nation's leading fair housing activists and scholars (many of whom are in both camps) to tell the stories that led to the passage of the Fair Housing Act, its consequences, and the implications of the Act going forward. Including an afterword by Walter Mondale, this book is intended for everyone concerned with the future of our cities, race and ethnic relations in all communities.
Gregory D. Squires is a Professor of Sociology and Public Policy & Public Administration at George Washington University. Currently he is a member of the Advisory Board of the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center in Chicago, the Fair Housing Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the Social Science Advisory Board of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, D.C. He has served as a member of the Federal Reserve Board's Consumer Advisory Council and as a staff member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and HUDs Office for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
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5 black & white tables, 10 black & white halftones, 6 colour illustrations, 4 black & white line drawings