Civil Rights Act of 1964

Where the end of segregation began


The Civil Rights Act is a symbolic part of history. It was the end of segregation and the beginning of equality. It taught our people that we cannot see through our own eyes all of the time, but through the eyes of others. In the mid 1900's it was reported that an innocent person was brutally and violently harassed with "dogs, clubs, and a high pressured fire hose." President John F. Kennedy had to react as soon as possible. When this happened in Birmingham, Alabama it was a huge eye opener to the public. News of this horrible moment in history was soon spread, and everyone knew about it. So soon enough, the president and many other civil rights leaders were putting an act in place that should change America forever. We now know this act as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Connection to present day

This honestly reminds me of the movement of transgender people being able to use the same bathroom as what gender they define as. To most people, even the thought of this is crazy while others support it. Not everyone supported the Civil Rights Act, to some people it felt like a mockery of American history. While others saw it as a wonderful step into the future.



This changed America and its view on the world forever. Though there is still racism today, segregation is abolished and shall never return again. Now we can live in peace and harmony. Now we can all have unity in this world. Our past doesn't define us, but it can define our future.

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Five Facts

1. "The act holds the record for sparking the longest filibuster in the history of the U.S. Senate."

2. An author named Todd Purdum said that "It's really the law that created modern America

3. John F. Kennedy died only a year before the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

4. "Title 1 of the act guarantees equal voting rights by removing registration requirements..."

5. "No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy's memory than the earliest possible passage of the Civil Rights bill for which he fought so long " - Lyndon Johnson

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