By Josie Hodson
In the face of heated controversy surrounding local discriminatory housing policies, The Stanford Daily published this memo on Jan. 31, 1964 – just over four months before the historic Civil Rights Act was signed.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
(Distributed by the Palo Alto-Stanford Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
- The individual must decide, specifically, what he can do, for each of us can find ways to implement our religious ideals and democratic beliefs.
- You and your neighbors and friends can form a voluntary association of citizens of different races and creeds working for open housing and social justice and harmony in intergroup relations.
- You can organize a self-survey to determine community attitudes toward equal housing opportunities in your area as was done in Seattle, Washington, and Germantown, Ohio.
- You can make known your willingness to welcome a minority group member to your community, your school, your organization or your home. You can speak forthrightly for justice and equality.
- You can speak forthrightly for justice and equality.
- You can arrange for discussion on equal opportunity in housing.
- You can support nondiscriminatory housing legislation.
- You can insist upon an open occupancy policy if you rent, sell or buy a home.
- You can influence the housing industry. Builders, mortgage lenders, real estate brokers, government agencies must be encouraged to accept the principle of a free housing market. They have a moral and social responsibility to do so and it is in the economic interest of the industry and the nation that the housing market be broadened.
Transcribed by Josie Hodson