(April 9, 2004) -- The Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (DOJ), Wan Kim, delivered a profound keynote address at the Third Annual Fair Housing Month Celebration Luncheon of the Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches (FHCGPB) yesterday, noting that South Florida is one of the busiest places in the country for DOJ housing discrimination cases.
For the third straight year the FHCGPB assembled national and local experts, to celebrate the 36th Anniversary of the signing of the federal Fair Housing Act, in Palm Beach County Florida. The event, hosted by NEWS12 Anchor Curt Fonger, featured awards and presentations. Former Senators Edward Brooke (R) and Walter Mondale (D) provided a stirring and historical co-greeting, which was read to the overflow crowd. Both were awarded the FHCGPBs prestigious Open Door Award for their Outstanding National Service in Co-sponsoring the Original Fair Housing Act of 1968.
Kim praised the work of Bobbie Fletcher, FHC Vice President, and the partnership between the FHC and the Justice Department, which last November produced one of the departments largest settlements in its history, $570,000, saying they ((FHCGPB) identify cases for us and work with us when we (DOJ) identify cases. Together we combat the problem of discrimination more powerfully than we could individually. Fletcher was awarded at the luncheon for her Outstanding Professionalism in the Area of Fair Housing Advocacy.
Attendants included community leaders, elected officials and governmental administrators, organizations and local residents, as well as housing providers, realtors and lending institutions. Proclamations supporting Fair Housing Month and the FHC were highlighted from Palm Beach County and the municipalities of West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, South Bay, Lake Worth, Juno Beach, Greenacres, Belle Glade, Jupiter, Mangonia Park, Hypoluxo, Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Springs and the Village of North Palm Beach.