Celebration of National Fair Housing Month
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How do we talk about our identities with our families, students and friends in Chicago’s northern suburbs? How to we foster an atmosphere of safety and acceptance? On behalf of Open Communities, a celebration of National Fair Housing Month is taking place — "Coloring," a short film by Northbrook filmmaker and storyteller, Arif Choudhury, followed by a conversation about diversity and acceptance in our neighborhoods. The film will be introduced by its producer, Vincent Singleton of Columbia College, with the discussion led by Skokie resident Donna Parker, family liaison to the African American community for District 219. According to Arif, “Coloring” is “based on my childhood growing up in one of the few Bangladeshi-Muslim immigrant families in north suburban Chicago.” Focusing on issues of ethnic and religious identity, assimilation, multiculturalism, and diversity, Arif’s stories help reshape how we think of one another. The evening will begin with John Meade, Enforcement Branch Chief, Chicago, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), briefing the community on the state of fair housing and equal opportunity. RSVP to Jes Scheinpflug 847-501-5760, x502 or jes@open-communities.org. This is an intergenerational community event, so bring your families.