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Jewish Groups Consider 1963 a Year of Achievements in Civil Rights

Two major Jewish organizations declared today that, despite the “stark tragedy of the current racial situation,” 1963 has “paradoxically been a most productive year for significant civil rights legislation within the jurisdiction of individual states.”

The report was prepared by the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League and issued jointly by the two organizations. It called the adoption of extended fair housing laws in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York “the most important and far-reaching development” in a series of actions taken this year by states and municipalities in housing, public accommodations, employment and education.