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JFK ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER ON HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

November 20, 1962


JFK ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER ON HOUSING DISCRIMINATION


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order #11063 today requiring an end to discrimination in federally funded housing.


The order prohibits agencies from denying housing or funding for housing based on race, color, creed or national origin.


JFK’s action comes at a time when minorities are often denied home loans & are forced to live in poor conditions in the inner-city.


In issuing this order JFK said that such discrimination is:


“unfair, unjust & inconsistent with the right to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness.”*


*Unfortunately, this order was not enforced because it allowed agencies involved in federal housing to police themselves.


 A “Fair Housing” law would be passed & signed by JFK’s successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, in 1968.





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