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H.R. 1927 (115th): African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 26, 2017 (Passed the House).

Summary of this bill

A bipartisan bill would establish an official network of sites, programs, and research facilities for important spots related to the Civil Rights movement.

What the bill does

The African American Civil Rights Network Act, labelled H.R. 1927 in the House and S. 857 in the Senate, passed the House last month.

Among the locations cited for potential inclusion in the African American Civil Right Network are:

  • The Memphis, Tennessee temple where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final speech before his assassination.
  • The Birmingham, Alabama 16th Street Baptist Church whose bombing — and deaths of four black girls within — helped galvanize the nascent civil rights movement.
  • The Little Rock, Arkansas ...

I

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1927

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To amend title 54, United States Code, to establish within the National Park Service the African American Civil Rights Network, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017.

2.

Purposes

The purposes of this Act are—

(1)

to recognize—

(A)

the importance of the African American civil rights movement; and

(B)

the sacrifices made by the people who fought against discrimination and segregation; and

(2)

to authorize the National Park Service to coordinate and facilitate Federal and non-Federal activities to commemorate, honor, and interpret—

(A)

the history of the African American civil rights movement;

(B)

the significance of the civil rights movement as a crucial element in the evolution of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000a et seq.); and

(C)

the relevance of the African American civil rights movement in fostering the spirit of social justice and national reconciliation.

3.

U.S. Civil Rights Network Program

(a)

In general

Subdivision 1 of division B of subtitle III of title 54, United States Code, is amended by inserting after chapter 3083 the following:

3084

U.S. Civil Rights Network

Sec.

308401. Definition of network.

308402. U.S. Civil Rights Network.

308403. Cooperative agreements and memoranda of understanding.

308404. Sunset.

308401.

Definition of network

In this chapter, the term Network means the African American Civil Rights Network established under section 308402(a).

308402.

U.S. Civil Rights Network

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall establish, within the Service, a program to be known as the U.S. Civil Rights Network.

(b)

Duties of Secretary

In carrying out the Network, the Secretary shall—

(1)

review studies and reports to complement and not duplicate studies of the historical importance of the African American civil rights movement that may be underway or completed, such as the Civil Rights Framework Study;

(2)

produce and disseminate appropriate educational materials relating to the African American civil rights movement, such as handbooks, maps, interpretive guides, or electronic information;

(3)

enter into appropriate cooperative agreements and memoranda of understanding to provide technical assistance under subsection (c); and

(4)
(A)

create and adopt an official, uniform symbol or device for the Network; and

(B)

issue regulations for the use of the symbol or device adopted under subparagraph (A).

(c)

Elements

The Network shall encompass the following elements:

(1)

All units and programs of the Service that are determined by the Secretary to relate to the African American civil rights movement during the period from 1939 through 1968.

(2)

With the consent of the property owner, other Federal, State, local, and privately owned properties that—

(A)

relate to the African American civil rights movement;

(B)

have a verifiable connection to the African American civil rights movement; and

(C)

are included in, or determined by the Secretary to be eligible for inclusion in, the National Register of Historic Places.

(3)

Other governmental and nongovernmental facilities and programs of an educational, research, or interpretive nature that are directly related to the African American civil rights movement.

308403.

Cooperative agreements and memoranda of understanding

To achieve the purposes of this chapter and to ensure effective coordination of the Federal and non-Federal elements of the Network described in section 308402(c) with System units and programs of the Service, the Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements and memoranda of understanding with, and provide technical assistance to the heads of other Federal agencies, States, units of local government, regional governmental bodies, and private entities.

308404.

Sunset

This program shall expire on the date that is 7 years after the date of enactment of this chapter.

.

(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of chapters for title 54, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to chapter 3083 the following:

3084U.S. Civil Rights Network308401

.

4.

No additional funds authorized

No additional funds are authorized to carry out the requirements of this Act and the amendments made by this Act. Such requirements shall be carried out using amounts otherwise authorized.

Passed the House of Representatives July 26, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.