The Fight For Civil Rights: 50 Years Since The Enactment Of The Civil Rights Act
Tuesday marks 50 years since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964. The landmark piece of legislation outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and ended segregation in public services. The bill followed decades of bloody struggle by civil rights lawyers, activists and ordinary people to gain racial equality for African Americans, in the face of determined opposition from white supremacists. During that time, the battle moved from the court to the streets as Martin Luther King Jr. spearheaded a strategy of nonviolent resistance with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The group organized peaceful protests in the Deep South with the expectation that opponents would attack protestors, causing bad media coverage and public outrage.
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