Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States
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|Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States|
|Court||U.S. Supreme Court|
|Citation||379 U.S. 241 (1964)|
|Date decided||December 14, 1964|
|unanimous||written by Tom C. Clark|
|concurrence||written by Hugo L. Black|
|concurrence||written by William O. Douglas|
|concurrence||written by Arthur J. Goldberg|
A hotel did not admit Blacks. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed this practice, and the hotel questioned the constitutional validity of the act
Whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 can outlaw a private hotel’s nonacceptance of guests due to race.
Judgment against the hotel.
There is overwhelming evidence of the disruptive effect that racial discrimination has had on commercial intercourse, and Congress was not restricted by the fact that the particular obstruction to interstate commerce with which it was dealing was also deemed a moral and social wrong.