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Hundreds of REALTORS® and other civic leaders gathered to commemorate the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act in Los Angeles.

By HOM Editor

REALTORS® across the country commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act last April. The largest event in California took place at the Proud Bird – the iconic restaurant that overlooks runways at Los Angeles International Airport – and was hosted by the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of REALTORS® (BH/GLAAR).

Hundreds of REALTORS® and other civic leaders from Los Angeles County, gathered to commemorate the anniversary while also looking at where the Fair Housing Act has brought the Los Angeles community to this point and where it can take Southern California in the future.

The event was co-hosted by the Downey Association of REALTORS®, Malibu Association of REALTORS®, Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of REALTORS®, Rancho Southeast Association of REATORS®, South Bay Association of REALTORS®, Southland Regional Association of REALTORS®, and the Southwest Association of REALTORS®.

Attendees heard from several multicultural expert panel discussions on the barriers minority communities have faced — and continue to face — in the Los Angeles area.

The information shared during the discussions were surprising to some, especially the younger members in attendance, and certainly provided an educational experience for all.

One of the keynote speakers at the event was Rev. “J.” Edgar Boyd, pastor of the First AME Church of Los Angeles. His impassioned speech, focusing on the value of fighting for equality even in situations where odds are long, was punctuated with a rousing and spirited standing ovation of approval from those in attendance.

In addition, the BH/GLAAR Cultural Diversity and Commercial Committees were present at the event, promoting REALTOR® involvement and answering questions about fair housing and how it is a constant priority for the association.

The Asian Real Estate Association of America, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, the Consolidated Board of REALTISTS® and the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals also partnered with the local California REALTOR® associations to make this inspirational event a memorable one.

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