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Dr. King's Dream Denied: Forty Years of Failed Federal Enforcement
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Published April 8, 2008
Author National Fair Housing Alliance
Source National Fair Housing Alliance
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On April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, unleashing a
firestorm of civil unrest in urban communities across the nation. His murder
demonstrated that we were still a nation divided by race-in our neighborhoods, our
schools, our workplaces, and our places of worship. It revealed with alarming clarity
that race was a pungent, debilitating force that must be addressed. A week to the day
after Dr. King's assassination, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the federal Fair
Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968). The law, co-sponsored by
Senators Walter Mondale and Edward Brooke, had been languishing in Congress for
two years; it passed only in response to the assassination and subsequent events. Many
people forget that Dr. King focused heavily on fair housing issues with a keen
recognition of what costs our society would pay for continued patterns of segregated
living. Passage of the Fair Housing Act was a fitting, if inadequate, tribute to his
memory.

   
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