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Civil Rights in the Gateway to the SouthLouisville, Kentucky, 1945-1980$
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Tracy E. K'Meyer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125398

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125398.001.0001

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The Battle for Open Housing

The Battle for Open Housing

(p.111) 4 The Battle for Open Housing
Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South

Tracy E. K’Meyer

University Press of Kentucky

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

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