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75th Anniversary

"Creating A Human Rights Culture"

August 11-15, 2024 | St. Louis, Missouri 








Makes $26 Million Available to Promote Fair Housing and Root Out Discrimination 
Funds will go to state and local fair housing enforcement partners. 
HUD No. 24-127, HUD Public Affairs For Release, May 24, 2024


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The mission of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) is to provide opportunities and forums for the exchange of ideas and information among member agencies and other human rights advocates.

IAOHRA assists in developing programs for eliminating illegal discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, public services, and commercial transactions, including banking and lending practices.

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The goals of IAOHRA are:

  • To foster human and intergroup relations.

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  • To promote civil and human rights around the world.

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A look back at the March on Washington nearly 60 years later: in photos

The collection of archival photos is from the civil rights demonstration on Aug. 28, 1963, that brought more than 200,000 multiracial supporters to the National Mall in Washington.

By Claretta Bellamy
Credit NBC News

When Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech 60 years ago, the moment became etched in the nation’s memory through his words and through photos of King waving to the crowd of at least 200,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington — images that have been reprinted in history books for decades. 

While most people today say King’s speech was the highlight of the march, it was only one of many historic moments during the nation’s largest civil rights demonstration at the time. People gathered from around the country and the world to express support for equal employment opportunities along with the civil freedoms of Black people and other marginalized communities.

Several prominent Black figures attended, including activist John Lewis, who later became a member of Congress, and the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson — who performed “I’ve Been ‘Buked, and I’ve Been Scorned” right before King took to the lectern. The display of unity was a rare act of solidarity in an era when race itself was tearing the nation apart.

Here’s a look back on this historic day through archival photos, all echoing the need for change. 

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