SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A man who paved the way for black families and other minority families to own homes in San Diego received the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award from the YMCA on Monday.
Theophilus Logan says hearing Dr. King speak in person decades ago at a convention in Washington DC changed his life.
“And ever since, I’ve always wanted to do something to emulate Dr. King,” Logan said.
That’s exactly what he did in San Diego when he opened his own real estate office over 50 years ago.
At the time, minorities and people of color had difficulties and challenges obtaining a mortgage from a commercial bank. But Logan primarily helped black families get home loans through sources like government programs. With his guidance, they bought their first homes in neighborhoods such as Logan Heights, creating generational wealth.
“In the 60s, how much could a house cost in San Diego? And what is the value today? This is what Theo Logan did to really impact San Diego County and people of color” said Michael Brunker, the former executive director of the Jackie Robinson family YMCA.
In 1978 Logan became the first African American president of what is now called the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors. But on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he received what he called his prestigious award in his 104 years on this Earth: the 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award. The Jackie Robinson Family YMCA presents him every year to people who reflect the principles and ideals of Dr. King in philosophy and action.
This year, he paid tribute to Logan and Dr. Suzanne Afflalo, family physician and medical director of the Alliance Health clinic.
Logan received the award in the Community Hall of his Bankers Hill condo building due to the virtual ceremony this year.
“He will always be a member of my family and I hope I deserve what you gave me,” Logan said.
The impact of his work continues to grow alongside the explosion in San Diego’s real estate market.