It took the Claiborne Commission less than 15 minutes last week to conduct the few pieces of county business on its agenda.
However, one bit of business ensures the continued equality locally between the sexes and those of differing religious beliefs and ethnicities.
The commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution promising the county will abide by the regulations of the federally mandated Title VI, commonly known as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“This is required because the county receives state and federal funds,” said Commissioner Juanita Honeycutt, who sponsored the resolution.
Among other things, the Civil Rights Act was created to end the practice of unequal voter registration requirements. The Act also addressed racial segregation in schools, the workplace and those facilities serving the general public.
During a speech on July 11, 1963, then President John F. Kennedy called for the creation of the bill which would emulate the Civil Rights Act of 1875.
Kennedy envisioned a bill that would also create a means for the U.S. Attorney General to join in lawsuits against state governments who continued to operate segregated school systems.
Just days after Kennedy’s assassination in November of 1963, newly appointed President Lyndon B. Johnson urged the joint session of Congress to move forward with the bill.
“No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long,” said Johnson during the assembly.
In other action, the commissioners unanimously approved the donation of $200 for each of the two Little League softball teams poised to compete in the state finals. The funds will help offset the costs of traveling to and from the competition, overnight accommodations and other necessities.
In another matter, the commission adopted the extension of Clayton Lynch Lane, on first reading.
Jan Runions may be reached at 423-626-3222 or Twitter @scribeCP.