In 1963 the Oklahoma Legislature created the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission (OHRC) to implement the Legislature’s mandate of “removing friction, eliminating discrimination, and promoting unity and understanding among all the people of Oklahoma.” The legislation was part of the national civil rights movement, including the 1963 March on Washington, culminating in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the debate and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its now familiar Title VII, banning employment discrimination.
Effective June 30, 2012, after almost 50 years of existence, the OHRC will close its doors.
Article authored by McAfee & Taft Attorney: Sam Fulkerson.
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