February is Black History Month! Join us as we honor our trailblazers and leaders, discuss the state of Black homeownership, attend our Black History Month event and much more. Keep reading to learn more!
Look back on our Black History Month event!
On Thursday, February 17, we celebrated black professionals throughout the real estate industry during our Black History Month event. We also honored the first black President of the Illinois REALTORS®, Zeke Morris.
Check out the photos from the event here, and view Zeke’s speech from the event!
Share Our Small Business Grants with Black-Owned Businesses
This year, we will be awarding grants to small business owners who have made a significant, lasting impact within their communities. In honor of Black History Month, we will be awarding Black small business owners with a brick and mortar location impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with a $1,000 grant. Please note that real estate brokerage offices are ineligible; however, small and owner-occupied property owners may apply (six units or less). Former grant winners are also ineligible to receive this year’s grant.
Click here to begin the application today or share it with a local business owner! The deadline to apply is Friday, February 11.
Get to Know Our Industry Trailblazers!
These individuals have volunteered their time to our industry and association. Thank you for your dedication!
Meet Our Past Presidents:Find out more about the bench, and take the time to visit it this Black History Month!
Meet the Country’s First Black REALTOR®:
Meet Illinois REALTORS® First Black President:
And Our Association’s Leadership:
What to Know About the State of Black Homeownership
Learn more about the state of Black homeownership and disparities in homeownership rate compared to other races in National Association of Real Estate Brokers 2021 State of Housing in Black America Report.
Apply For A Pre-Licensing, Post-Licensing or Higher Education Scholarship
Our Foundation and the Illinois REALTORS® offer a variety of scholarships that are specifically targeted to Black men and women looking to begin or advance their careers, or seeking higher education. Our next scholarship deadline is April 15.