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Constitutional Law Keyed to Farber
Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States
Citation:379 U.S. 241 (1964)
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Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 assures that all persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, free of discrimination because or race. Section 201(b) lists four classes of business establishments within the meaning of the title if its operations affect commerce, or if discrimination or segregation by it is supported by State action. The covered establishments include any inn, hotel, motel, or other establishment which provides lodging to transient guests. Section 201(c) declares that any inn, hotel, motel or other establishment which provides lodging to transient guests affects commerce per se. The Heart of Atlanta was a motel located in Atlanta and close to major state and national highways. The motel refused to accommodate African Americans. The motel sought an order invalidating Title II as applied to its business.
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