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Larry Pearl ’55 on the Real History of Fair Housing

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Larry Pearl ’55 spent nearly 40 years working in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under 10 HUD Secretaries from 1961 until 1998.

He is the feature of a recent podcast by TrailBlazers Impact (embedded below). Larry offers a first-hand account of how the agency battled discrimination, was forced to adapt to evolving political views, and at times struggled to achieve its mission. He offers a detailed retelling of his journey growing up in an all-white neighborhood in Philadelphia, his experience at Antioch (including t his first Co-op experience at the Cleveland Urban Renewal Agency), and connecting with friends’ and colleagues’ experiences of daily prejudices. His experiences attuned him to deep levels of discrimination in housing and how to be an ally in the long road to equality.

Listen to his story of where progress has been made, what it took to fight those battles, and what lies ahead.

Larry is the 2019 recipient of the Antioch College Alumni Association’s Arthur Morgan Award for support/service to the community.