Recognizing Our Industry’s Diversity this Black History Month

February is Black History Month! Join us as we celebrate our trailblazers and leaders, discuss the state of Black homeownership and much more. Keep reading to learn more!

Meet Our Industry Leaders

These individuals have volunteered their time to our industry and association. Thank you for your dedication!


First Black President - Marion Maner
First Black Chicago REALTORS® CEO - Michelle Mills Clement
First Black Woman President - Nykea Pippion McGriff
First Black Illinois REALTORS® President in 2022 - Zeke Morris, CAR Past President

Past Presidents

Past President Marion Maner: 1977-1978
Past President Frank Williams: 1989-1990
Past President Zeke Morris: 2011-2012 & 2012-2013
Past President Maurice Hampton: 2019-2020
Past President Nykea Pippion McGriff: 2020-2021
Past President Sarah Ware: 2022-2023

Directors, Trustees & Chairs

Celebrating our Board of Directors
Celebrating our Foundation Trustees
Celebrating our committee chairs

Historical Moments

The first four Black REALTORS® were admitted into the association in 1963, over 80 years after the Chicago Association of REALTORS® was founded.

Chicago Association of REALTORS® celebrated the legacy of our first Black president Marion Maner on Friday, August 26, 2016, with a ceremonial bench dedication at Avalon Park.

Housing statistics

Learn more in NAR’s Snapshot of Race and Home Buying in the U.S. Report and NAREB’s State of Housing in Black America Report.

Things to Listen to, Watch & Read

Listen To Our Spotify Playlist

Watch These TV Shows & Movies

Read These Books

From, check out their list of 25 books by Black authors you should read this February.

Meet our Industry Partner: Dearborn REALTIST® Board

The Dearborn REALTIST® Board is the voice for the African American community in real estate and helps the economic development in housing in the African American community. Learn more about them here.