I’m excited to share during this Black History Month that IAR has secured exclusive access to the National Museum of African American History and Culture for Indiana REALTORS® attending the NAR Legislative Meetings. We’ll gather here for a reception, dinner, and access to all exhibits either on your own or by docent-led tour. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. ET. There are many transportation options in the D.C. area, but IAR will arrange bus travel to the museum from a strategic location (or two) closer to the date.
The following is from the museum’s website (link above), which I hope you’ll visit and spend some time on:
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 40,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
Another item I hope you’ll spend some time with is NAR’s recently updated “Snapshot of Race and Home Buying in America”. The REALTOR® organization is dedicated to advancing homeownership. We do so because homeownership is a way for families to build wealth. Owning a home is associated with better educational performance in children, higher participation in civic and volunteering activities, better health care outcomes, and lower crime rates in communities. Yet, the research report above tells us that the homeownership rate for Black Americans is nearly 30 percentage points lower than White Americans. The homeownership rate for Hispanic and Asian Americans also lags. Our Code of Ethics demand we step up our collective and individual efforts to ensure all qualified buyers have the same opportunity to pursue homeownership. So, as we travel to visit with our members of Congress and their staff, and advocate for homeownership, let’s take some time to not only network, but also learn together and reaffirm our commitment to serving all Hoosiers.
Now, back to the info you’ll need to know about BEFORE you register and make travel arrangements…