Habitat for Humanity joins The King Center to mobilize nationwide affordable housing work, will host Fair Housing Act forum in April
Memphis, TN (Jan. 15, 2018)—Building on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of the “Beloved Community,” Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis announced plans today to honor King’s legacy by commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act on April 11 with a forum at the National Civil Rights Museum. Over the next year, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and The King Center’s MLK 50 Forward initiative, Memphis Habitat is renewing and strengthening its commitment to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live and the opportunity for a better future.
“Reaching Memphis Habitat’s 35th year of serving families and the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act in the same year are incredible milestones to commemorate, yet there is much work still ahead,” said Dwayne Spencer, president & CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. “Dr. King had such vision in seeking out equality for all, and we seek an equal vision in making sure everyone has access to decent, affordable housing. We look forward to working with the community to help us bring these visions one step closer to reality.”
This effort will build on work being performed by other Habitats across the country undertaking Beloved Community projects, including the construction of new affordable homes, critical home repairs and community revitalization initiatives.
“In 2018, as we mark the 50th anniversaries of Dr. King’s tragic death and the passage of the Fair Housing Act, we renew our pledge to make the concept of a Beloved Community a reality,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This will never be a world of equality, of fairness, of human decency that leaves no room for poverty or prejudice or violence, unless we build it. And so we build.”
Habitat is partnering with The King Center in Atlanta as it marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.
“With every new home that Habitat for Humanity builds, we move one step closer to my father’s vision of the Beloved Community,” said Dr. Bernice A. King. “Since its founding, Habitat for Humanity has been lifting families up through God’s love and showing them the path to take control of their lives through homeownership. This year, we’re going to have an even more powerful voice for those families and future homeowners so that one day, everyone lives in the Beloved Community with agape love.”
The King Center’s 50 Forward initiative has issued a challenge to undertake 50 acts of kindness and service to mark the anniversary. Habitat for Humanity invites others to join in pledging to help build the Beloved Community. Read more about why Habitat is propelling this cause in an essay by Jonathan Reckford and Tjada McKenna, Chief Operating Officer. Visit habitat.org/takethepledge to learn more and follow #BelovedCommunity to join the conversation.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis partners with people in our community to help them build or improve places they can call home through new home construction, rehabilitation projects and Aging in Place accessibility and mobility modifications for seniors. Since 1983, Memphis Habitat has helped more than 490 first-time homebuyers secure affordable mortgages and completed rehabilitation and home modification projects in partnership with more than 350 local homeowners, helping them achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. For more information, visit memphishabitat.com.
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