1995 issues of The Advocate
The incident sparked a controversy over integration in a traditionally Italian-American neighborhood in Boston's North End.
The lawsuit was filed after Ransford made a complaint of sexual harassment against Kenneth Canda, the resident manager of Greenleaf Apartments in southern Toledo. The Fair Housing Act prohibits sexual harassment by housing providers.
Sherman Flowers, a steam-plant engineer for the Chicago Board of Education, telephoned Emily Klatick to inquire about renting an apartment which had been advertised in the Chicago Tribune. During a second telephone conversation, Klatick asked Flowers whether he was Black.