MLK Teach-In to Examine the Evolution of Housing Equity as a Civil Right
Jan. 4, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The evolution of housing equity as a civil right is this year’s
theme for Illinois Wesleyan University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-In
on Monday, Jan. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center. The Teach-In
is free and open to the public.
The keynote address at 3 p.m. will be delivered by Illinois NAACP President Teresa
Haley. Now in her third year as president, Haley will discuss the major initiatives
that the NAACP of Illinois is currently working on and how the NAACP is responding
to the current political and cultural climate. She will also speak about King's work
with housing justice and how access to affordable, safe housing in areas of one's
choice is an ongoing civil rights issue. Haley holds a bachelor’s degree in communication
and a master’s in public administration, both from the University of Illinois Springfield.
The MLK Teach-In will begin at 1 p.m. with a Housing Justice Advocates discussion
featuring Illinois Wesleyan alumni Lindsey Haines ’10, vice president of real estate
development at Full Circle Communities, and Daniel Sherrod ’03, director of public
housing with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Full Circle Communities is a non-profit organization that strives to expand access
to quality affordable housing through preservation and development. As a student,
Haines served on the West Bloomington Revitalization Project board and coordinated
a housing summit which produced the Adopt a Block program which is still in use on
the west side.
Prior to working at HUD, Sherrod was the CEO of The Sherrod Group, LLC, a contracting
and construction company he founded. The Sherrod Group worked with public housing
residents to provide them with job skills and opportunities for the future. Sherrod
grew up in Cabrini Green, a Chicago neighborhood known for its gangs and violence.
As a high school student, Sherrod became involved in the Cabrini Connections Tutor/Mentor
program, where one of his tutors, an Illinois Wesleyan alumnus, encouraged him to
apply to the University.
At 2 p.m., WGLT Radio’s Judy Valente will host a panel of local and regional fair
housing activists. Valente recently produced a four-part series, Landlord v. Tenant,
which examined the ongoing issues related to fair housing and housing discrimination
in the Bloomington-Normal area. Haley’s keynote address will follow at 3 p.m.