Through the Rayna & Marvin Miller Housing Justice Award, Open Communities wishes to recognize an individual/individuals who pulled together a realized effort for fair and affordable housing, including integration and civil rights.
The award is also intended to encourage “yes, in my backyard” activism for fair and affordable housing, lend prestige to local activism, and raise awareness that fighting racism on the North Shore is still very much needed and relevant.
Nominations due March 15, 2013
- The nominee must be a resident of Deerfield, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette, or Winnetka.
- The nominee must be an individual or group of individuals. Outstanding achievement is understood to result from activities in 2010-2012 that advance the cause of fair housing and equal opportunity or affordable housing through the nominee’s creative and courageous actions.
Rayna and Marvin Miller, long dedicated to civil rights and open housing in Wilmette and surrounding North Shore communities, were founders in 1972 of what is now Open Communities. Rayna Miller was Interfaith’s first dedicated Executive Director from 1975 until her retirement in 1986.
Rayna and Marvin were also part of the North Shore Summer Project, a grassroots campaign founded in 1961 which coalesced local north suburban residents, religious leaders, and students to open housing markets to “Negroes, Jews, and Orientals.”
Their work over the decades ranged from picketing real estate offices, to finding homes for African Americans in virtually all-white suburban neighborhoods and ensuring an atmosphere of welcome, to passionately testifying for fair housing rights and affordable housing developments.
The Millers’ credo can be summed up in Marvin’s quotation of Rayna’s “primary guidepost” at a meeting promoting affordable housing at Mallinckrodt in Wilmette in 2002: “If you have the spirit to struggle, you will have the power to prevail.” Click here to read more about the Millers and the history of the Award.
Save the Date: May 29
The Winner will be honored at Interfaith’s Miller Award benefit on Wednesday, May 29th, at the Park Center, Glenview Park District, 2400 Chestnut Avenue in Glenview
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