Civil Rights Act of 1964 Hailey Schwieger

What events led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

A culmination of events lead to the signing of the Civil Rights Act in Washington D.C. on July 2nd 1964. During this time, America was segregated and many enthusiastic citizens spoke out against those differing rights in various ways. Whether it be a large movement such as the March on Washington or a small gesture like Rosa Parks standing her ground on a city bus every event led to the signing of a law prohibiting discrimination in the workplaces.

Important people behind the movement and how they helped get through obstacles facing the Act.

As the Civil Rights movement began to grow and more and more people were becoming aware of the social issues at hand, large figures of power began to speak out about the problems. Leaders such as Martin Luther King Junior and political figures such as President John F. Kennedy, allowed for the Civil Rights Act to finally make progress. After Kennedy's assassination newly elected President Lyndon B. Johnson took control over the movement. With the help of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Leadership Conference of Civil Rights, and leaders in the United States congress; President Johnson had full support of the bill. Without these people the bill would have continued to be ignored by the bias democratic leaders in the senate.

Martin Luther King Junior speaking up and publicly bringing attention to the problems at hand.

"The Negro baby born in America today ... has about one-half as much chance of completing high school as a white baby born in the same place on the same day-one-third as much chance of completing college-one third as much chance of becoming a professional man-twice as much chance of becoming unemployed ... a life expectancy which is seven years less-and the prospects of earning only half as much." - President John F. Kennedy

Outcome of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

This Act prohibited discrimination within organizations based on race, color, gender, nationality, or religion. This law is still enforced today, without it our schools would still be racially imbalanced and no law would be enforcing equal pay for both men and women.

Modern Day

On March 8th 2017, millions of women met at the Labor Department, Washington D.C. for a women's march. The goal of this event was to call attention upon the struggles women in the workforce face everyday. This rally was urging the importance of stopping violence and harassment in the workforce while demanding that women get equal pay as men. Even though the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits gender discrimination in the workforce, these women are calling it to action claiming it has not been enforced and it needs to be.

The women's march provided women the perfect place to speak up about the gender pay gap. The video provides information about why women are fighting to gain equal pay.

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