11 april 1968 & fair housing act passed
#OTD 11 April 1968 Today, due to the organizing work of Washingtonians and others throughout the U.S., President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Title VIII of the act focused on fair housing. The act addressed "the refusal to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of his race, color, religion, or national origin." Washingtonians were able to use this federal law to organize against the racist practices of white owners of apartment building and houses.
Read the full act here. Scroll to page 81 for section on fair housing.
Your comments are welcome below. Do you remember the signing of the Civil Rights Act? Did you or family members experience and/or organize against racist practices re housing? Did you or family members institute racist practices re housing? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy Government Printing Office.
Gregory D. Squires, The Fight for Fair Housing: Causes, Consequences, and Future Implications of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act, 2018.