The United States has a long history of excluding people of color — especially Black Americans — from employment, education and housing opportunities that can offer economic security and upward mobility. Even today, discrimination in all of these areas is alive and well, and people go to great lengths to preserve the racial divisions that exist across our community.
On this Shabbat, we are lifting up voices of those who are working to combat this discrimination when it comes to housing in St. Louis today. We are happy to welcome Kalila Jackson of the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council as our Tzedek Speaker on Friday, January 31.
Ms. Jackson is a native of St. Louis and represents clients with fair housing complaints and other legal issues as EHOC’s Staff Attorney. She earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University. Before coming to EHOC, Kalila worked as an Associate Attorney at a civil litigation firm, where she represented individuals and businesses in a diverse range of civil litigation matters, including employment and housing discrimination.