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TAMPA — The National Association of Realtors returned home to celebrate its 75th anniversary last week.

NAREB held its three-day National Convention downtown at JW Marriott Water Street, kicking off in style Thursday morning. The crowd in the hotel’s spacious banquet hall was greeted with a high-energy, invigorating “Unity Step” performance by USF undergraduate members of the “Divine 9” fraternities and sororities, which are historically black chapters of the National Panhellenic Council.

According to the press release for the three-day event, NAREB was founded in 1947 in Tampa “for the purpose of ensuring equal housing opportunity for African Americans” and it advocates for policies and practices that increase home ownership in the black community.

The August 3 opening ceremony featured a number of speakers, including the organization’s current president, Lydia Pope, first vice-president Courtney Johnson-Rose, and local area board chair of Tampa, Travis Brooks. Other guest speakers included Bill Emerson, vice president of Rock Holdings Inc., and journalist Roland Martin.

“As I reflect on the journey of NAREB and look across the room, I see our history, I see our past, I see our present and I see our future,” Johnson-Rose said before greeting former presidents. and current leaders present. as well as over 100 young people also at the hotel learning about financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

“I am encouraged by our past, elated by our present and excited about our future,” Johnson-Rose said.

A number of local and state leaders made statements ahead of the NAREB national convention, celebrating its 75th anniversary and welcoming all guests to Tampa.

“Organizations committed to helping increase Black homeownership are so crucial to communities around the world,” Hillsborough County Commissioner Gwendolyn Myers wrote. “With the biggest rent increases we’ve seen in history, the professionals at organizations like yours are a beacon of hope for so many looking for affordable housing for their families.”

While introducing Pope, the organization’s 32nd president, Johnson-Rose reiterated NAREB’s impact on the black community across the country.

“Our founders started a movement,” Johnson-Rose said. “A movement of real estate agents, a movement focused on democracy and housing, a movement focused on creating successful black real estate brokers, a movement focused on building black wealth in our communities.

“We are strong, we are dynamic and we have a bright future ahead of us.”

Kristan F. Talley