On July 1st, 2020, Virginia joins a handful of states that ban discriminatory housing restrictions referred to as “racial covenants” that were, until recently, still presented to homeowners in 2020—more than fifty years after the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
This year, we’ll explain how we got here, why it took so long, and how other states can help make racial covenants a thing of the past.
Latest News: HB788 Signed Into Law!
April 6th, 2020: Last year, our team reached out to Virginia Delegate Lamont Bagby to propose legislation addressing this issue.
We’re pleased to announce that effort resulted in HB 788, which passed the Virginia House with unanimous support on February 5th, 2020, and was approved unanimously by the Virginia Senate on February 24th, 2020. On April 6th, 2020, the bill was officially signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam and goes into effect on July 1st, 2020!
We’re incredibly thankful for Del. Bagby and his co-sponsors, Gov. Ralph Northam, and others in Virginia who helped support this legislation.
Our work is far from over, and we are still working on publishing the visual essay. With recent legislative momentum, we’re hoping to include resources and immediate toolkits for homeowners and purchasers to address any discriminatory language attached to their property deeds.
—Chris Fullman on behalf of LMR Leadership Quest ’19’s Civil War History Immersion Group
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