Within days of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Fair Housing Act was signed into law. A breakthrough in the civil rights movement, the Act made it illegal to refuse “to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of his race, color, religion, or national origin.”
50 years later, despite tremendous progress, America continues to struggle with the legacy of segregation. What is the Fair Housing Act’s impact today? The Atlantic brought together policy makers, activists, historians and community leaders to explore what it will truly take to build a more just housing system - and greater opportunity - for all.