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Bernice King, daughter of MLK, speaks to realtors about Fair Housing Act anniversary

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Bernice King, daughter of MLK, speaks to a group of realtors about the Fair Housing Act of 1968. (Credit: KMOV) Bernice King, daughter of MLK, speaks to a group of realtors about the Fair Housing Act of 1968. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was welcomed to St. Charles Tuesday to commemorate the anniversary of landmark civil rights legislation.

Bernice King, who spoke to a packed house in a ballroom at Ameristar Casino, was invited to speak at a gathering of the Missouri Realtors. The occasion was to mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

The Fair Housing Act was designed to fight segregation and discrimination in housing. King says this is a problem that still exists today.

“I think it's important that we remember these anniversaries,” said King. “Especially in light of fact that we haven’t made a lot of progress since 1968 in terms of residential segregation.”

A spokesman for the Missouri Realtors Association says recent figures show the rate of home ownership among African-Americans is actually lower now than it was when the act passed in 1968.

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