TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - April is Fair Housing Month, and the Toledo Fair Housing Center will be celebrating 40 years of equal housing and civil rights on April 18.
An event will take place in the Old West End, starting with a march on Robinwood and ending with a public art display on Collingwood and Delaware.
While this peaceful march and dedication is scheduled for the same day as a rally planned by the National Socialist Movement, event organizers say it's geared toward showing inclusion and compassion in our community.
“We know that there are great people in Toledo who share in the Toledo Fair Housing Center's values,” said Michael Marsh, president and CEO of the Toledo Fair Housing Center. “This gives them a platform to come and celebrate diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity in our community.”
With that comes the recommitment to the fight for equal access to housing.
“We in our community have a great opportunity on a national stage to contrast something that was a black mark on our history the last time another group was in town,” said Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken. “We're going to contrast so clearly to the negativity, to the positive energy in our community that's growing every day. People are going to rally around human rights, not be divisive about individual speech.”
The event begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18.