Created Equal: An Integrated Oak Park? How Did That Happen?

Created Equal: An Integrated Oak Park? How Did That Happen?

A dedicated group of Oak Park residents passed an Open Housing Ordinance in 1968, created the Oak Park Housing Center in 1972 and banned local realtors from posting "For Sale" signs in the Village. These actions, along with many others, helped create an integrated Oak Park. Join Bobbie Raymond, founder of the Oak Park Housing Center, Larry Christmas, former Village President, William (JJ) Turner, former Village Trustee and OP-RF High School board member, and Louise Varnes, long-time Housing Counselor, Oak Park Regional Housing Center, to learn about this distinguished chapter in Oak Park history.

This panel discussion, the first of four panel discussions, is part of the "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series of film, panel discussions and author programs which continues through March.

"Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle" is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its "Bridging Cultures" initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm


Second Floor - Veterans Room