Kerner Commission

The National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission after its chair, Governor Otto Kerner, Jr. of Illinois, was an eleven-member commission established by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the causes of the 1967 race riots in the United States and to provide recommendations for the future. In its most memorable passage, the Kerner report warned, “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.”

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