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December 18, 2017

Real estate broker’s anti-bias struggle creates open market for homes in Pontiac

From a 1963 Ebony news article Michigan’s Ghetto Blaster While American Negroes have been doing more or less patiently awaiting the President’s recent U.S. housing bias banning “stroke of his pen” an impetuous real estate broker has waged a long and lonely battle integrating cities on his own. Since accomplishing the job in Pontiac, M

Michigan Representative James Del Rio meets with Michigan Governor George Romney

Michigan Representative James Del Rio introduces bill that dealt a paralyzing blow to slum landlords shady fire insurance companies, and owners of vacant and abandoned houses.   News clipping from Jet Magazine, Aug 5, 1965 Pugnacious James Del Rio, a freshman representative in the Michigan Legislature, has delivered a paralyzing blow to slum landlords,

Member of Michigan state house of representatives 24th District, 1965-72

Del Rio, James (b. 1924) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., January 30, 1924. Democrat. Real estate and insurance business; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 6th District, 1964; member of Michigan state house of representatives 24th District, 1965-72. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Urban League.
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