Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States
Significance, Supreme Court Affirms Congressional Authority To Regulate Private Business Under The Commerce Clause
Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc.
That provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, requiring hotel and motel owners to provide accommodations to African Americans, cannot be enforced against privately owned public accommodations.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Moreton Rolleston, Jr.
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark (writing for the Court), William O. Douglas, Arthur Goldberg, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
14 December 1964
By a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court upheld the public accommodations provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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