Year in Review: Fair Housing Act Turns 50

Jan 2, 2019

The Fair Housing Act, now 50 years old, led to the creation of agencies like the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan to helps citizens who face housing discrimination.
Credit Earlene McMichael | WMUK

On Dec. 27, WMUK replayed our interview commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the Fair Housing Act on the WestSouthwest news and public affairs show.  It originally aired May 10, 2018.


In 2018, the federal Fair Housing Act turned 50 years old. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted it to pass during his lifetime. But it happened, instead, within four days of his death, in April of 1968. All these years later, how is the act doing in combatting housing discrimination? We turned to Pat Maye of the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan for answers. She is a board member there and a former longtime administrator at the center, who says she personally experienced housing discrimination in Kalamazoo. She moved to the city from Alabama in 1965.

Pat Maye, a former longtime director of education and outreach at the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan, said she encountered housing discrimination in Kalamazoo when she moved here in the 1960s.
Credit Earlene McMichael | WMUK