The Constitution and Civil Rights

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2. Model State Civil Rights Bill Proposed by
the American Civil Liberties Union

A BILL To assure to all persons within the State of full and equal privileges in places of public accommodation, resort, entertainment and amusement, and equal rights in employment and labor unions, and for other purposes.

SEC. I. That within the jurisdiction of this State any person, natural or corporate, who shall make any distinction, discrimination, or restriction on account of race, color, creed, ancestry or national origin, or for any reason not sanctioned by law and not applicable alike to persons generally, in the admission of any person to, or the accommodation or service of any person in any place of public accommodation, resort, entertainment, or amusement, whether licensed or not, or any public conveyance, or any public meeting or assemblage, or who shall directly aid or cause the making of any such distinction, discrimination, or restriction, shall for each such act or denial be liable as hereinafter provided for in Sections 8 and 9.

SEC. 2. (a) Places of public accommodation, resort, entertainment, or amusement shall be deemed to include hotels, restaurants, stores, or shops where foodstuffs, drinks, goods, or wares are sold or offered, advertised, or displayed for sale to the public; hospitals, clinics, theaters, motion-picture houses, concert halls, amusement parks, public parks and public buildings under the jurisdiction of the national or municipal governments; buildings residential or otherwise enjoying eminent domain, or receiving any tax exemption from any source, or the construction of which was directly financed in whole or in part by any public funds or grants; public libraries, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, high schools, academies, colleges and universities, extension courses, and all educational institutions under the supervision of the state authorities; and any such public library, kindergarten, primary and secondary school, academy, college, university, professional school, extension course or other educational facility, supported in whole or in part by public funds or by contributions solicited from the general public or obtaining any tax exemption from any source, except those institutions, admission to which is based on

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