Civil Rights Act of 1964

By: Clare, Caleb, Austin, and Matthew

This Act...

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 took place at the White House in the United States. The act was signed on July 2, 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson who took part in the act after the assasination of John F. Kennedy.
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Leaders in the Act

John F. Kennedy- president when it started

Lyndon B. Johnson- president during signing

Martin Luther King- led speeches and protests against segregation

Rosa Parks- refuses to give up her seat, abolishinist

What was the goal of this act?

This act was signed to law to prevent segregation and discrimination against minorities living in the United States. The amount of segregation and violence toward minorities was supposed to decline.
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Events leading up to this...

1955- Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat

1957-Little Rock Nine

1963- Martin Luther King goes to jail and African Americans are beaten publicy

Mark on Washington

Four African American American girls are killed by a bomb

John F. Kennedy is assassinated

1964- Johnson signs the act

These events and more caused the act to be passed because of the violence, the major discrimination, and the way segregation was getting out of hand. The government passed this law for minorities to regain their civil rights, the 14th amendment.

What does this act do?

The act lessened racial restrictions on the use of public facilities, providing more job oppurtunities, strenthening voting laws, and limiting federal funding of disriminatory aid programs.
This event changed life for African Americans by having more interactions in their lives with white people, such as at school and work. African Americans realized that they are capable of what white people are capable of. This event also changed African Americans lives because they could now go to the same public facilties as white people.

Support/Oppose

Many people, such as Lyndon B. Jonhson and John F. Kennedy, supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They believed that just because of race/color, religion, minority, and sex that people should not be descriminated against and treated unequally- which they believed would fix this. Many white supported the act lessening racial restrictions on public facilitlies, providing more job oppurtunities, strengthening voting laws, and limiting federal funding of discrimintory aid programs. Yet, African Americans did not support the act entirely. They felt that the act did not go far enough, that people would still disobey the law. Ofcourse, some white people did not support the act. The most common complaint of whites was that African Americans were pushing "too hard" and "too fast" for equality.

How does this effect the Civil Rights Movement?

This event contributed to the civil rights movement as a whole by being the first major act and to start the movement. It was an important tribute because it prohibited racial discrimination in employment and bussiness.

How does this lead to future events?

This leads to future events by African Americans and whites having to interact more with each other. African Americans will most likely push more and more to be just like whites.