Civil Rights Act of 1964

Civil Rights Act of 1964


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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin. It ended racial segregation in schools, work places, and the public. This bill was called for by president John F. Kennedy in his civil rights speech on June 11, 1963 and it was signed into law by President L. B. Johnson in 1964.

Transcript of Civil Rights Act (1964)

An Act

To enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the Attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the “Civil Rights Act of 1964”.

In addition to the Civil Rights act President Johnson also passed the voting rights act of 1965.  Voting rights act of 1965 is a law that was passed at the time of the Civil Rights Movement. It eliminated devices that had been used to restrict voting by black people. It authorized the enrollment of voters in federal states that were fewer than 50% of the eligible voters were registered. Most of those states were in the South.  

Civil Rights in America is still going on because racism is still happening to this day in America. The Civil Rights movement hasn’t ended yet just because we have a black president. We have made progress to this day to stop racism but I don’t think anyone in this world could fully stop it. Race or the color of your skin does not define who you are or how smart you are or anything. I still hear people saying stereo-types about races and rude racial comments everywhere I go. I hope one day we put an end to racism and everyone gets treated equally and not judged.