HOME leader fights for fair housing

January 24, 2011
Connie Chamberlin pointed to a pivotal day in her life: "When I was in college, my favorite aunt took me to a march on Washington — to the 'I Have a Dream' speech."
     She recalled how an unexpectedly large crowd of all races came together in unity Aug. 28, 1963, to listen to the legendary speech by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
     "The whole day was a very powerful statement," she said.
     The experience would set the tone for her work in civil rights and social justice as president and chief executive officer for the past 22 years at Housing Opportunities Made Equal Inc. of Virginia, a housing advocacy group in Richmond.