In 2015, Fair Housing Contact Service celebrates its 50th year of service to Northeast Ohio. To help celebrate, FHCS will be sharing images and documents that capture the creation of the organization as well as the spirit of the Civil Rights movement in Akron during the tumultuous period of the 1960’s and onward. Also, check back here for updates on events going to celebrate the 50th Anniversary throughout the year as well. #FHCS50
Early Advertisement for Fair Housing Contact Service:
1976 Fair Housing Poster: Slay the Dragons of Discrimination with the Sword of Knowledge!
In 1972, Fair Housing Contact Service was honored with the National Volunteer Award, Group Winner.
“Black and White families living in harmony… equally concerned about their children’s schools… and equally involved in the betterment of their community. An idealist’s dream? Not in Akron, Ohio. There, it is fast becoming a reality, brought about by the efforts of the Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc.”
Dr. Juliet Saltman (right) pictured with former First Lady Pat Nixon, during the trip to Washington for the ceremony:
A letter from President Richard Nixon congratulating FHCS on the award:
Fair Housing Contact Service PSA from the 1970s:
A note written to the Executive Secretary and driving force behind FHCS in the 1960’s, Dr. Julia Saltman:
“Am highly impressed with the job you are doing. I happen to be white, living in a several block square “lily white” area, happen to think the system STINKS and am in favor of integration — but unlike you was too lazy to do anything but gripe about bigotry, intolerance etc. Good Luck.”
In 1965, Fair Housing Contact Service was created to help African-Americans find housing and provide education to the surrounding community on the benefits of integration. Dr. Julia Saltman, Executive Secretary, and guiding force during these formative years, initiated the “Good Neighbor Pledge” in which local residents pledged that:
“Every person has the moral or legal right to rent, buy or build a home anywhere without restriction based on race, religion, or national origin. Equality of opportunity is basic to the American society and our religious beliefs.”
John Ballard, Mayor from 1965-1980, was one of the first pledges and also issued the following proclamation for “Good Neighbor Pledge Month” to be held in April of 1966.