The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

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With a booming economy and population, the United States went through an era of prosperity during the 1950s. However, it was also a time of conflict for several minority groups, including African Americans, women in the workforce, and LGBTQ people. While there have been significant steps towards equality through the passing of laws and court case hearings, challenges remain. Violence, unequal pay, and the struggle of finding balance between conflicting viewpoints are still being faced by Americans today. (Tiona/Claire) Equality for African Americans has made remarkable progress since the approval of the Civil Rights Act, but discrimination continues. A significant step towards racial equality was the Civil Rights Act of 1964, proposed by John F. Kennedy. This act brought an end to segregation in public facilities such as buses, restaurants, hotels, and places of entertainment. It also banned employment discrimination on the terms of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and color. After President Kennedy was assassinated, President Lyndon B. Johnson continued JFK’s work to push for the passing of the bill. On July 2, 1964, the bill was finally passed and signed by President Johnson. In 2016, a significant challenge that remains is the lack of justice for African Americans. The organization, Black Lives Matter, is a group that fights for and resists the dehumanization of black people (link). The group began as a result of the trial of George Zimmerman. Found not guilty by

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