Albany celebrates 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968

Albany celebrates 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968
Dozens gathered at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. (Source: WALB)
The goal was to spread awareness on the issue of discrimination in housing. (Source: WALB)
The goal was to spread awareness on the issue of discrimination in housing. (Source: WALB)
Shelena Hawkins with the Department of Community and Economic Development (Source: WALB)
Shelena Hawkins with the Department of Community and Economic Development (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dozens gathered at the Albany Civil Rights Institute on Thursday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

The event kicked off with awards for various youth in the community for their creative expressions.

Joy Lampley-Fortson served as the keynote speaker.

Organizers aimed to spread awareness on the issue of discrimination in housing.

Shelena Hawkins with the Department of Community and Economic Development explained that a lot of South Georgians may not recognize when they are victims of discrimination.

"What we're able to do is make people aware of discriminatory practices and behaviors that are prohibited by this act," said Hawkins.

Hawkins said there's still work to be done to make sure every South Georgian has access to fair housing.

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