Civil Rights Act of 1964


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Enacted on July 2, 1964—in the year after President John F. Kennedy's assassination; the bloody campaign to integrate Birmingham, Alabama; and the first March on Washington, which featured Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream Speech—the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the most important piece of civil rights legislation passed since the Reconstruction era. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination on a number of bases, including race, color, religion, national origin, and, with...