The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the Civil Rights Movement. First proposed by President John F. Kennedy, it survived strong opposition from Southern members of Congress and signed into law by Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon B. Johnson. In subsequent years, Congress expanded the Act and also passed additional legislation aimed at bringing equality to African Americans, such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Civil Rights Act is one of the biggest turning points in American society. The Civil Rights Act gave freedoms to minorities and showed the world that America is in fact a country that gives liberty to all. There was a lot of uproar before and after it passed, it became an important part of our history. Without the Civil Rights Act, minorities and women in America would not enjoy the right to vote, attend desegregated school, have equal opportunities in employment and even enjoy the same social benefits. The Civil Rights Movement created a more equal America.
We recently marked the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. It took nearly 100 years to enforce the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments known as the “Civil War amendments.” The issues of the Civil War still echo today any time we have injustice in the enforcement of Civil Rights. I think Americans need to keep working for the protection of Martin Luther King’s dream and the ideals of “We the People” proposed by our founding fathers in the US Constitution.