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Title III of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 authorizes the United States Attorney General to initiate legal proceedings when a person has been denied equal access to public facilities on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin.  However, a civil proceeding initiated by the Attorney General does not necessarily preclude an individual from  personally filing suit. An individual can also bring an action for discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, or national origin.


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