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The Battle for Open Housing

Tracy E. K’Meyer

in Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135274 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125398.003.0005
The Battle for Open Housing

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This chapter discusses the open housing struggles by civil rights advocates. It notes that in 1950 the National Committee against Discrimination in Housing, a coalition of civil rights, religious, labor, civil liberties, and other organizations, formed to coordinate efforts in communities across the North and West to change public housing policies, educate white residents to accept black neighbors, help African American families find homes, and, most important, lobby city, state, and federal governments for “fair housing” laws. It reports that between 1957, when New York City passed the first such law covering private residences, and 1967, the height of Louisville's campaign, forty cities and twenty-two states adopted policies that made discrimination in housing illegal.

Keywords: open housing struggles; civil rights advocates; National Committee against Discrimination in Housing; public housing policies; African American families; fair housing laws; New York City

Chapter.  14097 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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