Civil Rights Act of 1964

civil rights act 1964On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was enacted into law. Proposed during John F. Kennedy’s presidency, this legislation was opposed and put off by southern members of congress until President Lyndon B. Johnson assumed office. The Civil Rights Act banished segregation in public places and banned discrimination of employment based on race, color, national origin, religion or sex. This was crucial for the African American community who had been fighting oppression and advocating for the Civil Rights Movement. African Americans were separated when dining in restaurants, using public restrooms and even when drinking from water fountains. This was clearly discrimination as the “separate but equal” public policy was clearly inferior compared to that of white Americans. To rectify this injustice, Kennedy proposed the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Unfortunately, after the acts passage this community still fought battles for equality with issues like voting. The Civil Rights Act did, however, carve the way for other important and monumental changes like the Voting Rights Act in 1965.