The Empowering of African Americans Through the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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The Empowering of African Americans through the Civil Rights Act of 1964 The most important date in history concerning African American culture, in my opinion, is July 2, 1964. On this day, legislation called the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. This act prohibits major forms of discrimination related to women, religion, racial, and ethnic issues. It also ended the unequal voter’s registration application. Specifically for African Americans, the equality and desegregation under this act of education, the workplace, and voter’s registration has been tremendously empowering. One of the great things about America that many other countries do not have is free education. Under Plessy v. Ferguson, segregation of schools was legalized under the conditions that it was separate but equal. During that time, the schools were definitely separated, but unquestionably unequal. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 overturned Plessy V. Ferguson which not only led to African Americans having better schools, but also allowed them to learn with their Caucasian peers. The benefit of being in the classroom with Caucasian peers is that learning cannot be discriminated against African Americans. African Americans are in the same classroom, have the same textbook, and the same teacher. They cannot force them to close their eyes and not pay attention. African Americans have the power to succeed in the classroom on their own determination. Not only do they succeed in the classroom, but it also helps them learn acceptance and tolerance for people different from themselves which will play a role in higher education and the workplace. In today’s society African Americans are employed and owners in diverse careers. Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there were only certain jobs that African Americans were allowed to work. Many Caucasian Americans believed a completely fallacious myth
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