Seven Days Documentary – 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act Edition

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act and the National Fair Housing Alliance’s 30th Anniversary, Nationwide released on January 25, 2018, its short documentary film “Seven Days.” The short film, produced by Nationwide, chronicles the seven days between the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the passage of the Fair Housing Act.


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  • COLOR: Pertaining to a person’s skin color
  • FAMILIAL STATUS: Families in which one or more children under 18 lives with: a parent; a person who has legal custody of the child or children; or the designee of the parent or legal custodian, with the parent or custodian’s written permission. Familial status protection also applies to pregnant women and anyone securing legal custody of a child under 18.
  • NATIONAL ORIGIN: Refers to the geographic area in which a person was born, or from where their ancestors came.
  • PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY: In reference to you or someone close to you who: has a physical or mental disability (such as hearing, mobility, and visual impairments, including use of a guide dog; drug addiction and alcoholism, mental illness, intellectual or developmental disability, HIV or AIDS, or cancer) that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such a disability; or is regarded as having such a disability.
  • RACE: Categories of physical characteristics and/or genetic groupings of human populations.
  • RELIGION: Participation with one of the world’s structured religions; one’s spiritual beliefs; inference of religion by place of worship.
  • SEX (i.e., gender): Sexual orientation or gender identity per Presidential Feb 11, 20021 Exec. Order – see respective definitions.

Includes all Federal and State protections listed and may include the following:

  • AGE: Generally referring to adults 18 yrs & over.
  • ANCESTRY: Line of descent.
  • CITIZENSHIP: a person’s actual or perceived immigration status
  • CREED: A person’s beliefs; also, a summary of principles or opinions to which someone professes or adheres.
  • ETHNIC ORIGIN: Cultural upbringing, including ceremonies and traditions.
  • FAMILY RESPONSIBILITY: Refers to decisions based on an assumption of a person’s care giving responsibilities, either childcare or care of another family member.
  • GENETICS: Traits that are determined by genes or genetic mutations.

Includes All Federal Protections Listed Above Plus:

  • MARITAL STATUS: The state of being single, married, separated, divorced, or widowed.
  • RACE: The State of Maryland has expanded the definition of “race” to include traits associated with race including hair texture, afro hairstyles, and protective hairstyles (including braids, twists, and other hairstyles).
  • SEXUAL ORIENTATION: A component of identity that includes a person’s sexual and emotional attraction to another person and the behavior and/or social affiliation that may result from this attraction.
  • GENDER IDENTITY: the gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth, which may be demonstrated by:
    • Consistent and uniform assertion of the person’s gender identity.
    • Any other evidence that the gender identity is sincerely held as part of the person’s core identity.
  • SOURCE OF INCOME: Any lawful source of money that is paid to or for the benefit of a renter or buyer of housing and includes grants, government assistance, alimony, child support, pensions, annuities, legal gifts, or investment earnings.
  • OCCUPATION: The principal lawful activity of one’s life, generally including students, welfare recipients and retired persons.
  • PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The outward appearance of any person, irrespective of sex, with regard to hair style, facial hair, physical characteristics or manner of dress.
  • POLITICAL OPINION: The opinion of persons relating to government, the conduct of government, political parties, candidates for election or elected-office holders.
  • PRESENCE OF CHILDREN: Households that include the temporary custody or permanent occupancy of persons under the age of 18 years.
  • VETERAN/MILITARY: A person who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves, or Maryland National Guard

Source: MDRealtors.Org/FairHousing