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Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States
Citation:379 U.S. 241, 85 S.Ct 348, 13 L.Ed.2d 258 (1964).
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The Heart of Atlanta Motel had a policy of refusing Black guests. Despite Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting this discriminatory behavior, the Motel sought to continue acting under its policy. The Motel alleged that the Act was unconstitutional as applied to the Motel because it was “of a purely local character,” only operating within Georgia. The Motel, however, advertised in national magazines, had over 50 billboards within the state, and approximately 75% of its guests were from outside of Georgia.
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