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March 31, 2008

 Albany -- Albany and Dougherty County officials celebrate a law that has helped many south Georgians realize the American dream of owning a home.  

Albany Mayor Willie Adams signed a proclamation Monday to honor the 40th anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act.

The law makes it illegal to discriminate in the sale or lease of a home because of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, or familial status.

"There continues to be discrimination. It is not as blatant as it used to be when the law was developed. But in fact it is subtle," said Community Services Manager Thelma Watson.  

"Anyone can live in any neighborhood, and we are hoping that we are getting rid of some of the things that have happened in the past," says realtor Judith Hampton Thompson.

The original law was signed by President Lyndon Johnson on April 11, 1968.

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