NEW YORK (Dec. 14)
Continued improvement of civil rights practices throughout the United States during 1953, is reported by the American Jewish Committee in a “progress record” in civil rights, issued today.
Crediting the American people themselves for “continuing to take the lead” in the fight for civil rights, the report states: “Ever since the challenging report of the President’s Committee on Civil Rights was laid before the public six years ago, there has been an unprecedented forward march toward full and equal opportunity for Americans of all races, creeds and ancestries. Citizens in every walk of life have joined a nationwide drive to eliminate discrimination and segregation.”
Among the gains reported by the AJC report are these: Two cities, Clairton, Pa., and Duluth, Minn., became the 29th and 30th to enact fair employment legislation; four states strengthened their laws against racial and religious discrimination in places of public accommodation (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington); Eight municipal housing authorities ordered, or were instructed by courts to order, an end to racial segregation in public and publicly-aided housing.