On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Housing Center celebrated its 50th anniversary leading the fight for residential inclusion, housing equity and racial diversity by honoring the leaders who continue to “Move the Legacy Forward.”

Our 50th anniversary honorees:

Sandra Sokol is a proud pioneer in racial equity activism, former Oak Park village clerk, community leader and visionary, who not only envisioned but also worked tirelessly toward the vibrantly diverse Oak Park village we see today.

Nick Brunick is an Oak Park resident and attorney activist, leveraging his skills and training to build inclusive, equitable communities. He is a fearless community organizer, speaking truth to power on behalf of the powerless.

Ayesha Jaco is a change-maker, fighting for a future that leaves no one behind, a gifted educator and groundbreaking leader on health equity who will empower BIPOC residents throughout the Greater West Side to achieve their life potential.

Attendees enjoyed food and beverages catered by local Takeout 25 restaurants: Daly Bagel, Mora Asian Kitchen, Kribi Coffee, Top Butcher Market, and Twisted Cookie while listening to music from Val’s halla Records, who are also celebrating their golden anniversary in 2022, and Deonte Baker, a former standout on the music contest show, American Idol.

Oak Park Regional Housing Center, Oak Park

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