Civil Rights Movement

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Civil Rights Movement

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964On July 2, 1964, Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that banned discrimination based on "race, color, religion, sex or national origin" in employment practices and public accommodations. The bill authorized the Attorney General to file lawsuits to enforce the new law. The law also nullified state and local laws that required such discrimination.

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus BoycottOn December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat at the front of the “colored section” of a bus to a white passenger. In response to her arrest, Montgomery’s black community launched a successful year-long bus boycott. Montgomery’s buses were desegregated on Dec. 21, 1956.

Freedom Rides of 1961Freedom Rides were journeys by Civil Rights activists on interstate buses into the segregated southern United States to test the United States Supreme Court decision Boynton v. Virginia, (1960) 364 U.S., which ruled that segregation was unconstitutional for passengers engaged in interstate travel.

March on WashingtonIt was a political demonstration held in Washington, D.C., in 1963 by civil rights leaders to protest racial discrimination and to show support for major civil rights legislation that was pending in Congress.

The Civil Rights Act of 1968The Civil Rights Act of 1968 prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin. It also made it a federal crime to "by force or by threat of force, injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone … by reason of their race, color, religion, or national origin."

Rosa Parks


Civil Rights MovementThe American civil rights movement was a movement to secure African Americans equal access to and opportunities for the basic privileges and rights of U.S. citizenship.The Civil Rights Movement took place in the 19th century. (1950s – 1960s).

The Voting Rights Act of 1965The act that prohibits racial discrimination in voting. It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement on August 6, 1965,


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