Please join the GNO Fair Housing Action Center on January 13, 2017 for our 10th annual Fit for a King Fair Housing Summit. This year’s theme is “Defending the Dream: The Future of Fair Housing.” As we prepare for what will very likely be a challenging four years, now is the time to come together to strategize about how we can protect the gains of our movement and continue pushing forward.
Fit for King is held each year on the Friday before Martin Luther King weekend to honor Dr. King and all of the heroes of the Chicago Freedom Movement, which laid the groundwork for the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Their vision and courage continue to inspire us, and their example can help strengthen us for the work ahead.
We are excited to announce that award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones will deliver the keynote address. Ms. Hannah-Jones writes about racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, focusing particularly on policies that create and reinforce segregation in housing and schools.
Fit for a King will take place Friday, January 13th at Delgado Community College from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Summit panels and sessions will discuss the landmark adoption of a non-discriminatory criminal background policy at HANO, the historic commitments the City of New Orleans has made to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing, upcoming threats at the local, state and federal level, and the tools we have to advance housing justice in these uncertain times.
Fit for a King is free and open to the public, but registration is appreciated as space is limited. We hope to see you there.