November 20, 1962 – President Kennedy Orders End to Discrimination in Federal Housing [VIDEO]

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For much of the 20th Century, discriminatory housing practices existed throughout the United States and maintained its racially segregated status. African Americans did not have fair access to home loans and were unable to purchase hours regardless of their personal financial situations.

In an attempt to end prejudicial loan decisions of government backed organizations, President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 11063 on November 20, 1962. The order banned federally funded housing organizations from discriminating against individuals on the basis of race. President Kennedy’s order marked a symbolic step in addressing discriminatory housing practices. Six years later, a mechanism for enforcing fair housing regulations was established with the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

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