Short Film Explores How MLK's Assassination Triggered The Passing Of The Fair Housing Act

02/07/2014 12:34 pm ET | Updated Feb 07, 2014

In April 1968, the world changed forever when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. But in the seven days that followed, the country changed even more when Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, prohibiting discrimination on the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin and sex.

A short documentary by content creators and filmmaking group, Animal, entitled "Seven Days," revisits the week that changed American history. The film, which is featured on the Vimeo Staff Pick page, explores the events that led to the passing of the bill, including the contentious debate and how King's assassination ultimately spurred government action. To this day, the Fair Housing Act stands as the final great achievement of the Civil Rights Era.

Check out the video above, and see more of Animal's work on their website.

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