Barry Nelson has joined the Human Family and High Plains Fair Housing Center as the moderator for the Fair Housing Act Film Screenings and Panel Discussions taking place in Fargo, North Dakota at the The Fargo Theatre on April 12.

A self-described community activist, Barry is currently is an organizer for the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition and serves as a commissioner on the Fargo Human Relations Commission.

A social worker by profession, he has worked in county, state and private human service organizations, spent over 20 years working with refugee resettlement and appreciates the generosity of people within marginalized populations for helping with his education around the need for human rights activism.

On April 11, 1968, seven days after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, commonly known as the Fair Housing Act.

The Human Family has partnered with High Plains Fair Housing Center, the Greater Grand Forks Apartment Association and the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

Screenings of the short films “Seven Days”, “Matter of Place” and portions of “Brick By Brick” will be followed by a panel discussion that will highlight the importance of fair housing, and it’s impact in North Dakota.

Screenings and discussions have been scheduled throughout North Dakota: In Bismarck on April 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum; In Grand Forks on April 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center; and in Fargo on Thursday, April 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre. An additional screening is currently being scheduled for Minot.

The event is free and open to the public. ADA accommodations are available by contacting [email protected].

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