Live broadcast focuses on Fair Housing Act, incorporates student voices

Legal experts looked at the Fair Housing Act of 1968 with fresh eyes during a live broadcast on HEC-TV Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Over the course of two hours, panelists discussed the history and context of the Fair Housing Act, as well as how it is carried out today, particularly in St. Louis.

The broadcast, held annually in conjunction with Constitution Day, is sponsored by The Missouri Bar and hosted at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse in St. Louis. Panel members included Chris Krehmeyer, president of  Beyond Housing; Rigel Oliveri, professor at University of Missouri School of Law; and Ronnie White, U.S. judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. Tim Gore served as moderator.

Constitution Day Filming 2017 Student

Students from Soldan International Studies High School, Northwest Academy of Law, Vashon High School and Jennings High School were invited to join the conversation as audience members, and several had the opportunity to ask questions on camera.

Jaida Howard, a sophomore at Northwest Academy of Law, was one of them.

“It’s a good experience to be involved in, and you learn stuff from it,” Howard said.

Howard was familiar with the Fair Housing Act before the filming and thought it was interesting to hear about how the act was applied to cases involving individuals with disabilities.

Tiffany Blalock, a history and government teacher at Jennings High School, said that the conversation is relevant to both the classroom lessons held at school and the lives of her students. Blalock said those watching the programming, including her students, should “be aware of things that are going on around you and how we can make society better for everybody.”

Students were also treated to a tour of the federal facilities.

A recording of the broadcast will be available on demand at Additionally, viewers can watch archived Constitution Day programming, including the 2016 panel on Miranda v. Arizona, which was recognized with a regional Emmy this fall.

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