The Shelleys & the Right to Fair Housing

In this video, students learn about J.D. and Ethel Shelley and their fight against restrictive housing covenants. Unable to purchase the house of their choice because of an agreement among homeowners to not sell to people of color, the Shelleys took their case all the way to the Supreme Court. Their actions changed accessibility to housing for millions of Americans.


Students will be able to...

  • Describe the Shelleys' actions and their impact on civil rights and fair housing
  • Identify forms of civic action used to create change
  • Engage in directed discussion
  • Analyze the video’s topic and connect it to current events

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