CONFESSIONS OF A FAIR-HOUSING AGITATOR

HOW THE HAHAs CAME TO SOUTH JERSEY

by Gwen Simon Gain


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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/20/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 323
ISBN : 9781456812584
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 323
ISBN : 9781456812591

About the Book

CONFESSIONS OF A FAIR-HOUSING AGITATOR relates the story of the first three months of the author's frustrating efforts in the fall of 1967 to enlist and organize her small group of volunteers into smoothly functioning testers. The use of black testers had been recently approved by the New Jersey Supreme Court as the only valid way to prove and successfully prosecute racial discrimination in real estate offices and apartment complexes. But the process of filing these complaints with the N. J. Division on Civil Rights was a legally complicated procedure, requiring some shadowy methods and requiring the trained skills of the HAHAs, the House And Apartment Hunters Anonymous.


About the Author

Born into a middle-class family at the beginning of the Great Depression, the author, a light-skinned Caucasion, had ample opportunity to witness the hurtful and insulting ways in which American Negroes were treated. She married a returning Navy sailor after World War Two, and over the decade of the fifties she produced four children. Finally In her thirties she was at last able to immerse herself in the Civil Rights Movement let by Martin Luther King. Now eighty-one, she is living in Central Florida and writing her memoirs.