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Edition 2 | Volume 1 | CBCF 2019
Message from the President
Dear Realtists,
It’s been a nearly non-stop 60 days since my installation as president. The eight new action-focused programs were unveiled in Atlantic City following the convention’s adjournment. Realtists attending the session learned the “What”, the “Why” and the “How” we intend not only to reverse the loss of Black homeownership, but also how Realtists benefit in the process. 
At the same time, we prepared for our expanded presence in Washington, DC at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation – Annual Legislative Conference (ALC ’19). NAREB’s opening events included a press conference and National Conversation on the State of Black homeownership. 
National organization and faith-based leaders joined NAREB for the National Press Club event where I reiterated our plans to “cease and desist” the slippage in Black homeownership and called upon the leaders to join us in the fight. The message was clear. NAREB is the bell-ringer, but the loss of economic strength in the Black community was a shared concern. 
Thought leaders representing the advocacy, faith-based, and social justice communities join NAREB at the National Press Club to address the Black homeownership crisis.
President Williams(C), flanked by Antoine Thompson, NAREB Executive Director(L) and Michelle Calloway, Chair, NAREB Board of Directors (R) during press conference.
In preparation for NAREB’s State of Housing in Black America forum, Realtists from across the country joined their peers and worked to promote the Forum where we released the 2019 edition and findings of the State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA) report . One of the primary take-ways? Not only is the Black homeownership rate falling, [but] the gap between Black and Non-Hispanic White households today is larger than it was in 1968. And yet, we’re experiencing a robust economy. 
Moderator of both Forum panels, Angela Rye (Front row, 4 th from R) flanked by Forum panelists pose for photo following the close of NAREB’s State of Housing in Black America Forum held at the CBCF-ALC ’19. Front row L to R: Councilman William Jawando; Ronald “Ronnie” Devoe; LaTisha Grant; Michelle Calloway; Antoine Thompson; Nakitra Bailey; Mark Alston, and Maurice Jourdain-Earl. Back row, L to R: Waka Flocka Flame; Bobby Simmons, and Donnell Williams.
NAREB’s Congressional Host for the State of Housing in Black America Forum, Congressman Gregory Meeks, (D-NY) and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee addresses the Forum audience about the critical importance of NAREB’s mission to keep vocalizing the need to raise the rate of Black homeownership.
Standing-room only crowd surpassing the room capacity of 500 listen intently to Forum panelists’ presentations.   
That’s why the Forum was presented in two parts. Panel 1 comprised of homeownership and financial experts clearly stated the current problem. Panel 2, comprised of progressive elected officials, astute, young Black entrepreneurs representing the sports and entertainment arena, along with a successful Realtist discussed their decisions to focus on real estate and community investment. 
Together, the information conveyed to the standing-room-only audience let’s us know that our focus on reaching the 1.7 million mortgage-ready Black millennials is a sound and viable approach to raising the Black homeownership rate.
NAREB’s expanded presence included a larger footprint in the ALC ’19 exhibit area. Between the mini information sessions, on-stage speaking opportunities and Realtists papering the exhibit hall with eye-catching palm cards, our time there was hardly wasted. NAREB made a statement.
(L to R) Veronica Nevills, Shelly Bryant and Brooke Onyia pose in front of the eye-catching banner drawing visitors into the NAREB exhibit area included in the full CBCF exhibit space.
(L to R) Harold Carter, Bishop Craig Worsham listen as Past Chair, Andrea Cooksey presents to event visitors during a mini workshop on one of the CBCF Exhibit Hall stages.
(L to R) Harold Carter, Bishop Craig Worsham listen as Past Chair, Andrea Cooksey presents during a mini workshop one of the CBCF Exhibit Hall stages to event visitors.
Realtists, the work continues. You are needed to turn these single events into a nationwide movement. October is just a few days away. Each of your communities should know why Black homeownership is at a critical point and what NAREB is doing to turn the tide. And, with their involvement, the larger community can benefit.
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President Donnell Williams and Board Chair Michelle Calloway welcome guests to the NAREB Awards Reception.
Donnell Williams (L), Michelle Calloway and Antoine Thompson (R) flank awardee Congressman Williams Lacy Clay upon receiving one of NAREB’s Champions for Democracy Awards during the reception.  
Forum panelist, entertainer and entrepreneur Ronald “Ronnie” Devoe takes time for a photo with NAREB’s Charaka Cook at the Awards Reception .
Sharon Henry (R ) Conference/Convention Chair relaxes at the Awards Reception following her successful oversight of NAREB’s CBCF events and activities with Chandra Ware (L) and April Parker (C)
Lora Washington, coordinator of NAREB’s exhibit area enjoying the camaraderie of the evening with C. Renee Wilson.
NAREB past presidents and their wives enjoying the reception. From R to L: Donnell Spivey, Robin Spivey, Saundra Northington Jackson, Bernie Jackson, Ed London and Nell London .
I thank you for your confidence and involvement. Your investment in Realtist Nation makes the difference and I look forward to working with you over the coming months to reach our goal.
Donnell Williams
NAREB President
NAREB President Donnell Williams and Dearborn Realtist Board Local President Courtney Jones appeared on the Breakfast Club syndicated radio show to discuss the Black homeownership rate and NAREB's participation in the upcoming CBC


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